Worlds of Labour Turned Upside Down. Revolutions and Labour Relations in Global Historical Perspective
Edited by Pepijn Brandon, Peyman Jafari and Stefan Müller
Leiden: Brill 2020
336 S., 978-90-04-42802-7 (Paperback)

This volume came about as the result of the 53rd International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) which took place in Linz, Austria on 21–23 September 2017. In producing this volume we received generous support, financial and in other forms, from ITH’s coordinators, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and the International Institute of Social History.

This volume offers a bold restatement of the importance of social history for understanding modern revolutions. The essays collected in Worlds of Labour Turned Upside Down provide global case studies examining: 
– changes in labour relations as a causal factor in revolutions; 
– challenges to existing labour relations as a motivating factor during revolutions; 
– the long-term impact of revolutions on the evolution of labour relations. 
The volume examines a wide range of revolutions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, covering examples from South-America, Africa, Asia, and Western and Eastern Europe. The volume goes beyond merely examining the place of industrial workers, paying attention to the position of slaves, women working on the front line of civil war, colonial forced labourers, and white collar workers. 

This volume is available open access via Brill’s website