‘There is no solidarity, peace or friendship with dictatorship’: Australians at the World Festival of Youth and Students, 1957–1968

Piccini, Jon (2012) ‘There is no solidarity, peace or friendship with dictatorship’: Australians at the World Festival of Youth and Students, 1957–1968. History Australia, 9 3: 178-198.

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Author Piccini, Jon
Title ‘There is no solidarity, peace or friendship with dictatorship’: Australians at the World Festival of Youth and Students, 1957–1968
Journal name History Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1449-0854
1833-4881
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 3
Start page 178
End page 198
Total pages 21
Place of publication Clayton, Vic., Australia
Publisher Monash University ePress
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The World Festivals of Youth and Students – elaborate Soviet sponsored gatherings attracting thousands of young people from across the globe – provide a window into how Australian radicals encountered, critiqued and abandoned Soviet communism during a period historians term the ‘long 1960s’. This article demonstrates that the diverse experiences of attendees at three Festivals reflected not only the changing realities of global Cold War politics, but also provides an alternative view of developments in Australia, as the ‘Old Left’ was superseded by the ‘New’, and demonstrates how their experiences were used locally for political gain. Finally, by unearthing how the local and the global became intricately bound and interrelated during the period, I show how international experience was central to the changing nature of Australian radical politics.
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