Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control.

Content: In the late 1960s, student protests circled the globe and often had no unifying theme other than an assault on the status quo. While student protests on college campuses in the United States were aimed primarily at U.S. involvement in Vietnam, in Eastern Europe students protested against Soviet repression. This was something new to the autocratic regimes of the East, particularly the ultra hard-line regime in Poland. There had been occasional minor outbursts on college campuses in Poland during the early 1960s, but these were quickly suppressed.

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