THE AGE OF PROTEST: Dissent and Rebellion in the Twentieth Century by Norman F. Cantor

THE AGE OF PROTEST: Dissent and Rebellion in the Twentieth Century

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a reader's guide to periodic protest, featuring the major protest movements from the pre-W.W.I period through the summer of 1968 and concentrating upon their ""most exciting and immediately relevant aspects."" With a hearty eclecticism Prof. Cantor (Brandeis) appraises the substance and style of a strange brother-sisterhood of protesters, including the English suffragettes (the book is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, Matriarch of Protest), the Irish rebels of 1916, French Army mutineers at the close of W.W.I, the 1917 Russian revolutionaries (""the Bolshevik Revolution was actually little more than a peaceful protest demonstration""), the Jazz Age cultural rebels, left-and-right-wing protesters in the thirties, Gandhian anticolonialists, and, of course, the current stars -- blacks, students, Communist dissenters -- of ""The Era of Permanent Protest."" Cantor straddles the moral and political issues;, he merely offers up (scholarly sound) ""instructive amusement"" for ""bleeding-heart liberals, stony-hearted Conservatives, the young and the old, the great middle class, and the literate poor,"" and he closes on both sides of the fence with (rather uninspired) ""Guidelines for Successful Confrontation Protest"" and ""Guidelines for Establishments: How to Defeat Confrontation Protest."" His synthesis of the historical material is adept, but the case studies themselves are more interesting than the epilogue, which concludes among other things that protest begets protest begets protest begets....

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 1969
Publisher: Hawthorn