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 only by comparing and contrasting the experiences across time and space that a true understanding of the subject can be attempted. Professor Marcel van der Linden, has contributed much to the debate on cross-border processes and comparisons. This volume makes available in English a collection of twelve of his most important essays on the theme of transnational labour history. Previously published in a range of journals and volumes, with two original contributions, Transnational Labour History brings them together in a single convenient collection, together with a new introduction. This work will undoubtedly provide an invaluable resource for all students of European labour history.
'This fine wolume [is] a model of clarity and concision…' Economic History Society 'Collections of essays do not usually work as a book but this one is certainly an exception.' Labor History
Contents: Preface; Introduction; The First International (1864-76): a reinterpretation; The national integration of European working classes (1871-1914): exploring the causal configuration; The rise and fall of revolutionary syndicalism (1890-1940); Second thoughts on revolutionary syndicalism; Communist parties: the first generation (1918-23); Metamorphoses of European social democracy (1870-2000); The aftermath of '1968': interactions of workers', youth and women's movements; Crossing the borders of US-American Labour History; International trade unionism: a long view; Doing comparative labour history: some preliminaries; How normal is the 'normal' employment relationship?; The historical limit of workers' protest; Index.