(fwd from Merlin Press) new book: COMRADES AND COUSINS [apologies for duplicate postings]

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Tue Jul 8 11:42:45 MDT 2003


COMRADES AND COUSINS: Globalization, Workers and Labour Movements in
Britain, the USA  and Australia from the 1880s  to 1914.

Neville Kirk

The major aim of this book of is both to fill gaps in and further develop
the field of cross-national comparative labour history.

The focus rests upon organised labour's attitudes and practices towards
class, race and politics in Britain, Australia and the USA during the era of
'new imperialism', 1880s-1914. The book teases out similarities and
differences among nations.

It is an ambitious, challenging and innovative study. It breaks new ground
in terms of its subject matter and geographical focus, the questions posed,
the answers given and the range of sources consulted. It is based largely
upon primary sources drawn from the author's extensive research in Britain,
Australia and the USA. The three essays comprising the book are published
here for the first time.

The book will appeal to all those interested in the past, present and future
of the labour movement and other progressive causes in an increasingly
globalised context.

Neville Kirk is Professor of Social and Labour History at the Manchester
Metropolitan University. He is the  author  of The Growth of Working Class
Reformism in Mid Victorian England, (1985),
Labour and Society in Britain and the USA 1780-1939, (1994), and
Change Continuity and Class: Labour in British Society 1850-1920 (1998).

Contents:  Introduction -  Labour in an International Context.  -  Chapter
One: Transatlantic Connections and America 'Peculiarities': Labour Politics
in the USA and Britain.  -  Chapter Two: The Australian 'Workingman's
Paradise' in Comparative Perspective. - Chapter  Three:   The Rule of Class
and the Power of Race: Socialist Attitudes to Class, Race and Empire.  -
Conclusion:  Summary of key themes and findings, especially labour's
inclusive and exclusive approaches to class and race. Plus the implications
of these approaches for the role of labour in today's  globalised world.

Keywords: History, Labour, Class, Race, Empire, UK, USA, Australia.
220x157mm, x+230pp   Published by Merlin Press, 2003
ISBN   0 85036 515 5        GB Pounds 14.95
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