The 1950s often are thought of as a complacent decade when the world took a deep, calming breath after the turmoil of the 1930s and 1940s. In 1956: the World in Revolt, Simon Hall finds that the year 1956 was anything but complacent. Conflicts over colonialism, apartheid, and nationalism led to upheaval Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt (an emergent Arab nationalism), Hungary, Cuba and the United States (the Civil Rights movement). This is “a vivid, powerful, and panoramic narrative of one of the most emblematic years of the twentieth century.
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Quotable“The precise role of the artist is to illuminate that darkness, so that we will not, in all our doing, lose sight of our purpose, which is to make the world a more human dwelling place.” James Baldwin