Scenes from a Year of Crisis
by Nick Rennison
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Pub Date 17 Sep 2024 | Archive Date 13 Sep 2023
* UNCORRECTED PROOF *
1974 WAS A YEAR OF MAJOR CHANGE AROUND THE WORLD.
Presidents resigned, emperors were deposed, and new governments came to power. On both sides of the Atlantic, major political figures left the scene, either through resignation or electoral defeat. Leaders of nations died. Regimes crumbled.
In society, the second wave of feminism grew in strength and the rights of previously underrepresented groups were more powerfully asserted. The BBC aired the first lesbian kiss on British TV. In Italy, the right to divorce was protected in a landmark referendum. However, terrorism and the pursuit of political ends through violence became ever more commonplace.
The arts and entertainment industries were in the midst of a period of great creativity and innovation. In America, Scorsese, Spielberg and Coppola were making their mark. Popular music was arguably at a low point but the first stirrings of the punk revolution to come could be heard in New York clubs. And a Swedish band that were to become a phenomenon won the Eurovision Song Contest.
The roots of many aspects of today’s society which we take for granted lie in the 1970s and particularly in this, the decade’s pivotal year. In a sequence of vivid snapshots, Nick Rennison conjures up all the drama and diversity of an extraordinary year.
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