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The Swinging Sixties Is this a fair statement of the 1960(TM)s?

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"The Swinging Sixties" Is this a fair statement of the 1960's? The 60's decade is often seen as a time of optimism and a youth led cultural change seen throughout the west. It follows the decade before, the 50's, which was seen as a very conservative and probably, best known for the Cold War. The 60's were a complete contrast to this however; many governments, which were once led by right wing conservatives, shifted to the left for example John F Kennedy in the United States. However in Great Britain a conservative government remained and this began the rise of younger generations rebelling against the norms and materialistic fashions of the time and began to set their own trends. ...read more.


Bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd & Cream popularised the Psychedelic culture further causing the ideas to be widespread. Along with social developments new technologies became available such as the contraceptive pill (coincides with sexual revolution), colour TV, the first video games and probably the most significant was the first human lunar landing. Protest against the Military became more frequent in particular opposition to drafting to the army by the youth and strong opposition to the Vietnam war which overshadowed the decade, the youth attempting to spread an idea of peace and love. Although the 60's had many positives particularly with the challenging of the norm it also saw negatives including feuds between countries. ...read more.


Civil rights protests often had negative consequences as seen by the Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico where the governments police shot and killed many student protesters. The economy in the 60's saw massive inflation in the west with the cost of living soaring perhaps caused by the radical changes seen across the world. Overall I believe the 60's was the decade that completely changed the world, it is debatable if it was for the better but certainly civil rights victories were for the better and to some degree so was the libertine attitude of many causing a lot more freedom and subjects that were once taboo to become acceptable. I feel the "Swinging Sixties" is a fair description of the 1960's. 20th August 2008 1 ...read more.

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