Labor History

Labor History is the pre-eminent journal for historical scholarship on labor. It is thoroughly ecumenical in its approach and showcases the work of labor historians, industrial relations scholars, labor economists, political scientists, sociologists, social movement theorists, business scholars and all others who write about labour issues. Labor History is also committed to geographical and chronological breadth. It publishes work on labor in the US and all other areas of the world. It is concerned with questions of labor in every time period, from the eighteenth century to contemporary events. Labor History provides a forum for all labor scholars, thus helping to bind together a large but fragmented area of study. By embracing all disciplines, time frames and locales, Labor History is the flagship journal of the entire field.

Five issues a year.

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Latest articles

Volume 57 (3)

A pivotal role? The AFL–CIO and the 2008 presidential election
vol. 57 (3): 299-322
A syndicalist moment? Democracy, insurgent unionism, and the ‘Outlaw Strike’ of 1920
vol. 57 (3): 390-414
Trade unions and workplace organization: regulating labour markets in the Belgian and American flat glass industry and in the Amsterdam diamond industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
vol. 57 (3): 415-438

Volume 57 (2)

All the labor problems fit to print: the New York Times and the cultural production of the U.S ‘labor problem’, 1870–1932
vol. 57 (2): 141-169
The centrality of labor time in South African gold mining since 1886
vol. 57 (2): 170-192
Beyond trade unions’ strategy? The social construction of precarious workers organizing in the city of Buenos Aires
vol. 57 (2): 193-214
Recruitment and coercion in Japan’s far north: evidence from colonial Karafuto’s forestry and construction industries, 1910–37
vol. 57 (2): 215-234
Labor strategies and agribusiness counterstrike during the Bracero Era: the peculiar case of the National Farm Labor Union, 1946–1952
vol. 57 (2): 235-257
A cluster and its trajectory: evidence from the history of the French Champagne production cluster
vol. 57 (2): 258-276
The Attlee government and welfare state reforms in post-war Italian Socialism (1945–51): Between universalism and class policies
vol. 57 (2): 277-297

Volume 57 (1)

Introduction: trade unions in the global south from imperialism to the present day
vol. 57 (1): 1-19
A “Labour War” in South Africa: the 1922 Rand Revolution in Sylvia Pankhurst’s Workers’ Dreadnought
vol. 57 (1): 20-34
Workers in the Vanguard: the 1960 industrial relations ordinance and the struggle for independence in Aden
vol. 57 (1): 35-52
‘The people need civil liberties’: trade unions and contested decolonisation in Singapore
vol. 57 (1): 53-70
The East African Railway Strike, 1959-60: labour’s challenge of inter-territorialism
vol. 57 (1): 71-91
International solidarity and foreign interventionism: Brazilian and American labor relations during the dictatorship in Brazil (1960s and 70s)
vol. 57 (1): 92-106
Plus ça change: trade unions, the military and politics in Burkina Faso, 1966 and 2014
vol. 57 (1): 107-125
The legacies of coercion and the challenges of contingency: Mozambican unions in difficult times
vol. 57 (1): 126-140

Volume 56 (4)

Anarchy in the UK(‘s most famous fortress): comradeship and cupidity in Gibraltar and neighbouring Spain, 1890–1902
vol. 56 (4): 385-406
Industrial requiem: management, labor, and investment at the Lowell Machine Shop
vol. 56 (4): 407-422