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The rebuilding of the ship of labor history" is in progress. If we want to write the history of labor on a world scale, two approaches are conceivable. One approach aspires to a universal history of work," documenting the labor relations in different parts of the world as comprehensively as possible. Another approach aims for a history of globalized work," looking at labor relations and labor movements from the topical perspective of the globalized" economy. Capitalism is a self-reinforcing process which has transformed the whole world, and will, in all likelihood, continue to change it during the next decades; the circuit of commodity trade is essentially expansive. The connections and contradictions between different forms of labor commodification are of essential importance for Global Labor History. The progress of Global Labor History will enable us to view transcontinental developments in their mutual connection, as they should be.

Keywords: capitalism; commodity economy; Global Labor History; labor history



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