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Early Trade Unionism: Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour

Early Trade Unionism: Fraternity, Skill and the Politics of Labour

Malcolm Chase
July 14, 2017

Once the heartland of British labour history, trade unionism has been marginalised in much recent scholarship. In a critical survey from the earliest times to the nineteenth century, this book argues for its reinstatement. Trade unionism is shown to be both intrinsically important and to provide a...

Centuries of Child Labour: European Experiences from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

Centuries of Child Labour: European Experiences from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century

Marjatta Rahikainen
June 29, 2017

Most historical studies of child labour have tended to confirm a narrative which witnesses the gradual disappearance of child labour in Western Europe as politicians and social reformers introduced successive legislation, gradually removing children from the workplace. This approach fails to...

Transnational Labour History: Explorations

Transnational Labour History: Explorations

Marcel van der Linden
May 16, 2017

There has been a growing recognition amongst scholars that labour historians need to look beyond national borders in order to place the history of the working classes into a much broader context than has hitherto been the case. Whilst studies focused on individual countries are essential, it is...

Towards a Comparative History of Coalfield Societies

Towards a Comparative History of Coalfield Societies

Andy Croll, Stefan Berger
March 31, 2017

Few areas of labour history have received as much attention as the coal industry, with miners often finding themselves at the centre of studies on working-class political and industrial history. Yet whilst much has been written about the struggles of miners and their unions in particular countries,...

Women and Work Culture: Britain c.1850–1950

Women and Work Culture: Britain c.1850–1950

Louise A. Jackson, Krista Cowman
March 31, 2017

Women's work has proved to be an important and lively subject of debate for historians. An earlier focus on the pay, conditions and occupational opportunities of predominantly blue-collar working-class women has now been joined by an interest in other social groups (white-collar workers, clerical...

Jewish Workers and the Labour Movement: A Comparative Study of Amsterdam, London and Paris 1870-1914

Jewish Workers and the Labour Movement: A Comparative Study of Amsterdam, London and Paris 1870-1914

Karin Hofmeester
March 06, 2017

During the late nineteenth century, many Jewish workers and intellectuals considered their integration into the general labour movement as a good way to counter the double disadvantage they suffered in society as Jews and workers. Whilst in Amsterdam this process encountered few obstacles, it was...

Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Contested Sites: Commemoration, Memorial and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Paul A. Pickering, Alex Tyrrell
February 27, 2017

The second half of the nineteenth century witnessed a new phenomenon in public monuments and civic ornamentation. Whereas in former times public statuary had customarily been reserved for 'warriors and statesmen, kings and rulers of men', a new trend was emerging for towns to commemorate their own...

Social Relations in the Estate Villages of Mecklenburg c.1880–1924

Social Relations in the Estate Villages of Mecklenburg c.1880–1924

Simon Constantine
November 30, 2016

Research on late nineteenth and early twentieth century German society has concentrated overwhelmingly on life in the cities. By contrast, and despite the fact that almost one third of Germans were still working in agriculture as late as 1914, Germany's rural society remains relatively unexplored....

The NUM and British Politics: Volume 2: 1969–1995

The NUM and British Politics: Volume 2: 1969–1995

Andrew Taylor
November 28, 2016

This book is the second of two volumes examining the place of the National Union of Mineworkers in post-war British politics. Covering the years 1969 to 1995, it charts reactions to the pit closures programme of the late 1950s and 1960s and the development of the NUM's reputation as the union that...

Gender and Rural Modernity: Farm Women and the Politics of Labor in Germany, 1871–1933

Gender and Rural Modernity: Farm Women and the Politics of Labor in Germany, 1871–1933

Elizabeth B. Jones
November 15, 2016

By the end of the First World War, women's labor was viewed by contemporary observers as fundamental to the survival of family farms in Germany and consequently to the nation's economic and social stability. At the same time, however, the overburdening of farm women sparked increasingly...

The NUM and British Politics: Volume 1: 1944-1968

The NUM and British Politics: Volume 1: 1944-1968

Andrew Taylor
November 15, 2016

From its formation in 1944, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was one of the most powerful and important players on the British political and industrial stage. Whilst the nation relied upon coal for its electricity production, domestic heating and railway transportation, the miners and their...

Female Labour Power: Women Workers’ Influence on Business Practices in the British and American Cotton Industries, 1780–1860

Female Labour Power: Women Workers’ Influence on Business Practices in the British and American Cotton Industries, 1780–1860

Janet Greenlees
November 15, 2016

Britain and America were the first two countries with mechanised cotton manufacturing industries, the first major factory systems of production and the first major employers of women outside of the domestic environment. The combination of being new wage earners in the first trans-national industry...

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