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The Genesis and Birth of Plural

  • John King
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Abstract

A crucial watershed in contemporary Mexican history and, by extension, in the diplomatic career of Octavio Paz, came with the massacre in Tlatelolco on 2 October 1968. We are not looking here to reprise the vast literature existing on the student movement of 1968 and its tragic outcome, or even the reaction of intellectuals to the events of 1968.1 The thread guiding us through this period will be the actions and selected writings of Octavio Paz, because the events of 1968, and more widely the question of politics and democracy in Mexico, would from this time become a constant preoccupation in his work.

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Student Movement Rock Music Circulation Figure Civil Death Cuban Regime 
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