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Master Thesis

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History, United States.



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Between 1960 and 1980, Liberal intellectuals put together various theoretical arguments which developed into the first consensus on student unrest. Ignoring the ideology of the student radicals, they stressed unconscious motivational forces to explain the protester's actions and emphasized the harmful consequences of the movement's legacy. In the past several years, however, a number of radical historians, sociologists and political scientists have begun retracing the origins and development of the New Left movement of the 1960s. They argue that student radicals were consciously inspired to act because of their desire for progressive change. In tracing the historiography of the New Left from the 1960s to the present, this paper will reveal how the narrow research focus on student unrest has limited our comprehension of the issues of the age. To understand the "meaning" of the 1960's social unrest, historians must redirect the terms of the debate away from irrelevant questions over motivation and back to the ideas themselves. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .V377. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1563. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.