|345-102-MQ, Rebels and Reformers |
What did the Beatles, Martin Luther King, the feminists, and the authors of the United Nations Charter of Human Rights have in common? Among other things, they were all products of the period between the end of World War II and the end of the Vietnam War -- a watershed in modern world history. The worldviews of this period were shaped not only by the physical reconstruction of countries and cities, but also by attempts at reshaping Western societies in ways that sought to entrench individualism, democracy and human rights. Articulating the concerns of the Civil Rights movement (against racism in the U.S.A), the women’s movement, and the various youth movements, "rebels" and "reformers" redefined the values of the Western world.