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Labour History in the Semi-periphery. Southern Europe, 19th-20th centuries

Leda Papastefanaki and Nikos Potamianos (eds)
De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin/Boston 2021 [23.0 x 15.5 cm, pages Roman: XI, pages Arabic: 375, ISBN: 978-3-11-061428-2]
Type: New Publications


This collective volume comprises several of the papers originally presented at the Greek Economic History Association’s 3rd International Conference, held in 2017 in Ioannina.  The chapters of the volume have been more elaborated after double blind peer review. 

The volume aims at studying a variety of labour history themes in Southern Europe, and investigating the transformations of labour and labour relations that these areas underwent in the 19th and the 20th centuries. The subjects studied include industrial labour relations in Southern Europe; labour on the sea and in the shipyards of the Mediterranean; small enterprises and small land ownership in relation to labour; formal and informal labour; the tendency towards independent work and the role of culture; forms of labour management (from paternalistic policies to the provision of welfare capitalism); the importance of the institutional framework and the wider political context; and women’s labour and gender relations.

Table of Contents

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Leda Papastefanaki and Nikos Potamianos
Labour History in the Semi-periphery. Southern Europe, 19th–20th centuries

Part I Small Business, Small Property and Labour

Chapter 1
Stavroula Verrarou
Ownership and Labour in Rural Greece during the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 2
Daniel Alves
“Half-freedom”: Retail Trade Labour Relations in Lisbon and the Introduction of the Weekly Rest, 1870–1910

Chapter 3
Anna Pina Paladini
Policies for Artisans in Italy: the Transition from Fascist Corporatism to Post-war Welfare State, 1925–1960

Chapter 4
Vincent Gouzi
Industrial Employment, Enterprise Structures and their Anthropological Foundations. The Case of Greece

Part II Formal and Informal Labour, Family Patterns

Chapter 5
Svetla Ianeva
Guild and Non-guild Labour in the Central Balkans during the Nineteenth Century

Chapter 6
Nikos Potamianos
Between Workers and the Retailing Community: the Street Vendors of Athens in the First Decades of the Twentieth Century

Chapter 7
Maria Papathanassiou
Aspects of Industrial Child Labour in Late Imperial and Interwar Austria

Part III Industrial Labour Relations in Southern Europe

Chapter 8
Milan Balaban
Everyday Life in the Bata Company Town Borovo before the Second World War

Chapter 9
Kostas Paloukis
Marking the Political, Cultural and Spatial Boundary Lines of the Working-class in Interwar Period: the Neighbourhood of Peristeri, Athens

Chapter 10
Anna Pellegrino
Labour Conflicts: The Case of Labour Arbitration in Italy during the Early Twentieth Century

Chapter 11
Paolo Raspadori
Corporate Welfare Facilities in Italy: An Historical Perspective and Quantitative Approach

Chapter 12
Andrea Umberto Gritti
In Search of Unanimity: Human Relations at the Falck Steelworks, 1948–1962

Part IV Shipyards and Maritime Labour in the Mediterranean

Chapter 13
Enric Garcia-Domingo
The Long Road to Recognition: the Profession of Ship Engineer in the Spanish Merchant Marine, 1877–1980 321

Chapter 14
Aurora Iannello
Cantieristi. A History of Labour in Palermo Shipyard from 1945 to 1970

List of contributors



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