National and International Perspectives

Edited by Joan Allen, Alan Campbell and John McIlroy
With a preface by Eric Hobsbawm

A survey of the global trajectory of labour history.

Specially commissioned essays by labour historians of international repute consider:

early labour history traditions
new conceptions of class, gender, ethnicity, culture, community and power.
whether the 1960s can be regarded as turning point in labour history
the general historiographical climate in the mid-twentieth century
the institutional context (e.g. the evolution of labour history societies, historical associations and journals)
links between labour history and the labour movement

Many authors are connected with the British Society for the Study of Labour History; all are experts in the labour history of particular countries.
They analyse key debates, question dominant paradigms, acknowledge minority critiques and consider future directions.
This book will be of interest to historians of working-class political parties and organisations, to students of trade unionism, industrial conflict and to social scientists interested in social and political protest, the relations between employers and the state and post-structuralism. It should be considered for adoption as a key text for undergraduate and postgraduate modules dealing with historiography generally as well as on courses more specifically concerned with labour and social history.

Contents: Preface: 'Labour history, then and now', Eric Hobsbawm; Editors' introduction, Joan Allen, Alan Campbell and John McIlroy; 1. Organized Labour History in Britain: The Society for the Study of Labour History after Fifty Years, John McIlroy; 2. Britain: 1750-1900, Joan Allen and Malcolm Chase; 3. Britain: the twentieth century', Alan Campbell and John McIlroy; 4. Ireland, Emmet O'Connor and Conor McCabe; 5. The United States of America, Elizabeth Faue; 6. Canada, Bryan Palmer; 7. Australia, Greg Patmore; 8. Germany, Klaus Tenfelde; 9. India, Rana P. Behal, Chitra Joshi and Prabhu P Mohapatra; 10. Japan, Takao Matsumura; 11. Labour History Beyond Borders, Marcel van der Linden.

Joan Allen is Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Newcastle University. She has published on nineteenth-century radical politics, the Irish in Britain and the history of the popular press. Alan Campbell is Reader in Labour and Social History, University of Liverpool. He is the author of The Lanarkshire Miners (1979) and the two-volume The Scottish Miners (2000). John McIlroy is Professor of Industrial Relations, Keele University. His most recent book is Trade Unions in a Neo-liberal World: British Trade Unions and the State (2008).

Paperback ISBN. 9780850366877

Published May 1st 2010