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This is the introductory chapter of the book which aims to contribute to a Global Labor History freed from Eurocentrism and methodological nationalism. At the beginning of the 21st century, historical research about the toil, troubles and achievements of workers and labor movements is undergoing an exciting transition to a truly Global Labor History. To highlight what is changing, this chapter compares the recent perspectives with traditional ones. From the 1950s onwards, many contributions were made to the labor history of colonies or former colonies. Their main focus was also on strikes, trade unions and political parties. Nowadays the field of labor history is developing into a truly global project, as shown by the number of professional conferences and associations organized internationally. Global Labor History focuses on the transnational - and indeed the transcontinental - study of labor relations and workers' social movements in the broadest sense of the word.

Keywords: colonies; Global Labor History; strikes; trade unions; workers' social movements



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