Rock and Roll lecture outline2/9/10I.Postwar Golden AgeII.Global youth cultureIII.1968 movementsI. The postwar Golden Age1)After WWII, many people feared a repeat of the economic collapse that followed WWI. Instead the Western developed countries experienced thirty years of unprecedented prosperity, often called the Golden Age.2)The US came out of the war in an economically dominant position, but soon Europe and Japan, then South/East Asian countries began to compete. 3)The economic boom was a result of technological innovation, and mass consumer spending. Consumer goods such as refrigerators, cars, TVs, and washing machines gradually became ‘necessities’ and new models appeared constantly.II. Global Youth Culture1)As a result of a global baby boom, by the 1960s a high percentage of the world population was young (today 27% of the population is between 15-24 years old.)2)Mass education spread hugely in the 1950s and 60s. The number of students multiplied by 4-5 times in Germany, 7-9 times in Spain and Norway.
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World population, Social movement, global youth culture, postwar golden age