The Amsterdam International: The World of the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), 1913-1945

1st Edition

Geert Van Goethem

Published November 29, 2017
Reference - 328 Pages
ISBN 9780815397458 - CAT# K344750


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This book charts the turbulent history of the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU) from its foundation in 1913, to its dissolution in 1945. Established to protect and advance the interests of workers of all countries and to further international solidarity, the IFTU from the outset was beset by difficulties. Within a year the First World War split the fledgling organisation, underlining national interests and creating resentment between some of the most powerful union interests. Although these differences were patched up after the end of hostilities, the Revolution in Russia and rise of Soviet Communism, with own aspirations to leadership of international labour, soon created new tensions within the IFTU.

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