The Life Work of a Labor Historian: Essays in Honor of Marcel van der Linden (eds. Ulbe Bosma and Karin Hofmeester), presents the latest developments in the history of labor and capitalism. As part of Global Labor History, Jan Lucassen, Magaly Rodrígues García, Sidney Chalhoub, and Willem van Schendel discuss new concepts of work and workers, including sex workers, slaves in Brazil, and voluntary communal laborers in North-East India, while Andreas Eckert shows the relevance of area studies. Jürgen Kocka presents a history of capitalism and its critics to date, Pepijn Brandon analyzes Marx’s ideas on the link between free and coerced labor, and Jan Breman looks at the effects of capitalism on rural solidarity through the lens of Tocqueville.
Ulbe Bosma (PhD Leiden 1995) is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History and Professor of International Comparative Social History at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He has published many articles and monographs on colonial history and plantation economies. Karin Hofmeester (PhD Amsterdam 1999) is Senior Researchers and Deputy Director of Research at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam and Professor of Jewish Culture at the University of Antwerp. She has published widely on global labor history.
All interested in (global) history of labor, including all types of work and workers free and unfree and labour protest as well as anyone concerned with the history Marxism and capitalism and its critics.