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Struggle and Mutual Aid: The Age of Worker Solidarity

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Struggle and Mutual Aid: The Age of Worker Solidarity

By  Nicolas Delalande , Translated by  Anthony Roberts
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A dynamic historian revisits the workers’ internationals, whose scope and significance are commonly overlooked.

In current debates about globalization, open and borderless elites are often set in opposition to the immobile and protectionist working classes. This view obscures a major historical fact: for around a century—from the 1860s to the 1970s—worker movements were at the cutting edge of internationalism.
    The creation in London of the International Workingmen’s Association in 1864 was a turning point. What would later be called the “First International” aspired to bring together European and American workers across languages, nationalities, and trades. It was a major undertaking in a context marked by opening borders, moving capital, and exploding inequalities.
    In this urgent, engaging work, historian Nicolas Delalande explores how international worker solidarity developed, what it accomplished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and why it collapsed over the past fifty years, to the point of disappearing from our memories.

Nicolas Delalande is an associate professor of history at the Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po and editor in chief of La Vie des Idées, an online magazine. He is the author of Les Batailles de l’impôt: Consentement et résistances de 1789 à nos jours (2011) and a coeditor, with Patrick Boucheron, et al, of Histoire mondiale de la France (published in English in 2019 as France in the World) and, with Nicolas Barreyre, of A World of Public Debts: A Political History (2020).

Anthony Roberts is a freelance writer, journalist, poet, and prize-winning translator. He currently lives in France.

ISBN: 9781635420104

ISBN-10: 9781635420104

Publisher: Other Press

Publication Date: 01/24/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 01/24/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 368

Language: English


Political Science / Labor & Industrial Relations

History / World

History / Modern / 20th Century