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The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650–2000

Edited by: Lex Heerma van Voss , Els Hiemstra-Kuperus , Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk

Print publication date:  March  2010
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754664284
eBook ISBN: 9781315612683
Adobe ISBN: 9781317044291

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This impressive collection offers the first systematic global and comparative history of textile workers over the course of 350 years. This period covers the major changes in wool and cotton production, and the global picture from pre-industrial times through to the twentieth century. After an introduction, the first part of the book is divided into twenty national studies on textile production over the period 1650-2000. To make them useful tools for international comparisons, each national overview is based on a consistent framework that defines the topics and issues to be treated in each chapter. The countries described have been selected to included the major historic producers of woollen and cotton fabrics, and the diversity of global experience, and include not only European nations, but also Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Uruguay and the USA. The second part of the book consists of ten comparative papers on topics including globalization and trade, organization of production, space, identity, workplace, institutions, production relations, gender, ethnicity and the textile firm. These are based on the national overviews and additional literature, and will help apply current interdisciplinary and cultural concerns to a subject traditionally viewed largely through a social and economic history lens. Whilst offering a unique reference source for anyone interested in the history of a particular country's textile industry, the true strength of this project lies in its capacity of international comparison. By providing global comparative studies of key textile industries and workers, both geographically and thematically, this book provides a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of a major element of the world's economy. This allows historians to challenge many of the received ideas about globalization, for instance, highlighting how global competition for lower production costs is by no means a uniquely modern issue, and has b

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Textile workers around the world, 1650–2000: introduction to a collective work project Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Textile production in Argentina, 1650–2000 Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Austria and Czechoslovakia: the Habsburg Monarchy and its successor states Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Brazil: the origin of the textile industry Download PDF
Chapter  5:  China Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Denmark: the textile industry and the formation of modern industrial relations Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Egyptian textile workers: from craft artisans facing European competition to proletarians contending with the state Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The German wool and cotton industry from the sixteenth to the twentieth century Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Great Britain: textile workers in the Lancashire cotton and Yorkshire wool industries Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The long globalization and textile producers in India Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Italian textile industry, 1600–2000: labour, sectors and products Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Japan Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Mexican textile workers: from conquest to globalization Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The Netherlands Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Poland Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The cotton textile industry in Russia and the Soviet Union Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Spain Download PDF
Chapter  18:  The Ottoman Empire, 1650–1922 Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Turkey, 1922–2003 Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The evolution of the Uruguayan textile industry Download PDF
Chapter  21:  USA: shifting landscapes of class, culture, gender, race and protest in the American Northeast and South Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Global trade and textile workers Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Proto-industrialization and industrialization and 'modernity' in a global perspective Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The textile firm and the management of labour Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Spatial division of labour, global interrelations and imbalances in regional development Download PDF
Chapter  26:  How will we get our workers? Ethnicity and migration of global textile workers Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Work floors under tension: working conditions and international competition in textiles Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Gender and the global textile industry Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Investigating identities within the global textile workforce Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Institutions in textile production: guilds and trade unions Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Covering the world: some conclusions to the project Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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