On the Road to Global Labour History

A Festschrift for Marcel van der Linden


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Global Labour History is a latecomer to historical science. It has only developed in the last three decades. This anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art. Prominent representatives of the discipline discuss its fundamental methodological and conceptual aspects. In addition, the volume contains field and case studies from Africa and Latin America, as well as from the Middle East and China. In these studies, the local, regional and continental constitutive processes of the working class are discussed from a global-historical perspective. The anthology has been composed as a Festschrift dedicated to Marcel van der Linden, the leading theoretician of, and networker for, Global Labour History.

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Karl Heinz Roth, M.D. (1986), Ph.D. (1992), is memebr of the executive bnoard of the Stiftung für Sozialgeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts (Bremen, Germany). He has published monographs and many articles on European global history of the twentieth century.
Karl Heinz Roth
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Notes on Contributors

Marcel van der Linden – Networker

1 Marcel van der Linden and the International Institute of Social History on the Road to Global Labour History: A Personal Account
Karin Hofmeester

2 Dialogues across Borders: Marcel van der Linden and the Association of Indian Labour Historians (AILH)
Chitra Joshi, Prabhu P. Mohapatra and Rana P. Behal

3 Marcel van der Linden and the International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH)
David Mayer and Berthold Unfried

4 Marcel van der Linden – Friend of the Foundation for Social History of the Twentieth Century
Angelika Ebbinghaus

Field and Case Studies

5 Slaveries and the Enslaved in Spanish America: Thoughts on the ‘World Working Class’ in a Historical Global Perspective
Michael Zeuske

6 Potosí’s Silver and the Global World of Trade (Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries)
Rossana Barragán Romano

7 Chronicle of a Strike Foretold: Abadan, July 1946
Touraj Atabaki

8 Petitioning as Industrial Bargaining in a Turkish State Factory: The Changing Nature of Petitioning in an Early Republican State Factory
Görkem Akgöz

9 Chinese Workers in Global Production and Local Resistance
Jenny Chan

Methodological and Conceptual Aspects

10 On the Road to Global Labour History – via Comparison
Peter Alexander

11 Migration Research in a Global Perspective: Recent Developments
Dirk Hoerder

12 Labour Flexibility and Labour Precariousness as Conceptual Tools for the Historical Study of the Interactions among Labour Relations
Christian G. De Vito

13 Re-assessing Labour and Value Transfer under Capitalism
Andrea Komlosy

Marcel van der Linden – His Intellectual Development

14 An Encyclopaedist of Critical Thought: Marcel van der Linden, Heterodox Marxism and Global Labour History
Karl Heinz Roth

Marcel van der Linden: A Bibliography
All interested in global labour history and theory, and anyone concerned with the development of the world working class as an integral part of globalization – academics, students, international institutions, NGOs, and labour-union activists.

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