Andrew S. Tompkins

Review: Timothy Scott Brown, West Germany and the Global Sixties

Reviewed in German History, Vol. 32, No. 3 (2014), pp. 507-509.

Summary: Brown offers an incisive critique of many supposedly ‘transnational’ studies published in the last decade, focused as they are on the accumulation of national case studies.  His own ‘transnational’ tells us far more about how Germans drew on ‘the global’ than about how they contributed to it, but Brown does a good job of looking beyond the usual suspects and emphasizing how reception was an active process.  This book does not constitute the final word on 1968, but it makes an important and positive contribution to ongoing debates about it.