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 60 (3)

A war of words: the British Gazette and British Worker during the 1926 General Strike
vol. 60 (3): 193-202
From job creation and qualification schemes to activation strategies: the history of Germany’s labor market policy
vol. 60 (3): 203-216
Social dynamics and nationhood in employment politics in the Trepça mining complex in Socialist Kosovo (1960s)
vol. 60 (3): 217-234
An American oil multinational in the U.K.: its formal review of industrial relations strategy
vol. 60 (3): 235-249
Why did organized labor struggle for shorter hours? A diachronic comparison of trade union discourse in Germany
vol. 60 (3): 250-267
The combined and uneven development of working-class capacities in Turkey, 1960–2016
vol. 60 (3): 268-286

Volume 60 (2)

Leveraging liminality: how San Diego taxi drivers used their precarious status to win reform
vol. 60 (2): 79-95
The British, the Tudeh party and the 1947 World Federation of Trade Unions’ visit: battle for labour reform in Iran
vol. 60 (2): 96-109
A stolen revolution: popular class mobilisation in Burkina Faso
vol. 60 (2): 110-125
The evolution of industrial relations in Nepal: a biological evolutionary perspective
vol. 60 (2): 126-143
Fordism: a review essay
vol. 60 (2): 144-159
Labor Under Fire: A History of the AFL-CIO Since 1979
vol. 60 (2): 160-163
The color of law: the forgotten history of how our government segregated America
vol. 60 (2): 162-163

Volume 60 (1)

Labor politics in the oil industry: new historical perspectives
vol. 60 (1): 1-7
‘A pretty kettle of fish’: United Nations assistance in the mass dismissal of labor in the Iranian oil industry, 1959–1960
vol. 60 (1): 8-23
Linkages of oil and politics: oil strikes and dual power in the Iranian revolution
vol. 60 (1): 24-43
From colony to oil producer: US oil companies and the reshaping of labor relations in Libya during the Cold War
vol. 60 (1): 44-56
Building shared power: the Trans-Arabian Pipeline and the technopolitics of anti-sectarian labor mobilization in Lebanon, 1950–1964
vol. 60 (1): 57-77

Volume 59 (6)

Workers and technological change in the United States
vol. 59 (6): 657-675
Cab fair: taxi driving and South Asian labor activism in New York City, 1985–1999
vol. 59 (6): 676-691