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In: On the Road to Global Labour History
In: On the Road to Global Labour History
In: On the Road to Global Labour History
In: On the Road to Global Labour History
Author: Karl Heinz Roth

Seven years ago, Adam Tooze’s comprehensive study of the Nazi economy found a vast and predominantly favourable resonance in the media and the historiographical community of the anglophone and German-speaking worlds. There are indeed many merits to Tooze’s study that deserve to be emphasised. But there are also some astonishing deficiencies and shortcomings. The gravest is Tooze’s failure to offer any argument whatsoever regarding the widening rift between the corporate business community and the cadres of the political-military institutions. The growing distance between the two precedes the terminal stage of the Nazi dictatorship, which began in the last quarter of 1943. If Tooze had addressed the well-established facts on this issue, he would likely not have been able to conclude on such an affirmative note and insist on the transatlantic happy end that supposedly put paid to the German elites’ adventures between 1931 and 1948.

In: Historical Materialism
Volume Editor: Karl Heinz Roth
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.




In: On the Road to Global Labour History
In: On the Road to Global Labour History