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In making my closing pronouncements on the sixties I cannot improve upon these two clichs there has been nothing quite like it nothing would ever be quite the same again Arthur Marwick Discuss this in reference to two disciplines The social and cultural development of the sixties are unique and distinct enough to deserve Marwicks clichs Yet the hold the period aloof is to neglect how it was closely linked to the preceding and the subsequent periods For each period builds on to the next Many events that developed in the fifties escalated into intense counter-cultural activities bringing the sixties to the forefront as a period that has never nor will ever occur again Marwick considers the period the long sixties Block 6 p 39 He uses the historians analytical device periodization to place the long sixties between 1958 and 1973 Periodization is the cutting up of the past into chunks to study a topic of the period Block 6 p 18 Each period is cut at points of change at the beginning and the end of some very distinct events in time Thus it does not need to fall neatly within the numerical decade 1960-1969 or century 100-199AD Block 6 pp 18-23 It provides a clear sense of sequence of developments and events Block 6 p 30 a logical order and a series of connections and inter-relationships Block 6 p 31 In short it is a tool of convenience that provides a structure to give us a sense of the past It is practical but its reliability depends on how well the historians choice of the period matches the topic studied Marwick uses the concept of periodization to set apart the long sixties as a period of cultural revolution or counter-cultural activities in North America and Western Europe He explores the cultural revolution as a time when they challenged the mainstream culture and their attitude towards sexual behaviour family and race relationships
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