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Handbook Global History of Work

Edited by: Karin Hofmeester and Marcel van der Linden

Coffee from East Africa, wine from California, chocolate from the Ivory Coast - all those every day products are based on labour, often produced under appalling conditions, but always involving the combination of various work processes we are often not aware of.

What is the day-to-day reality for workers in various parts of the world, and how was it in the past? How do they work today, and how did they work in the past? These and many other questions comprise the field of the global history of work – a young discipline that is introduced with this handbook.

In 8 thematic chapters, this book discusses these aspects of work in a global and long term perspective, paying attention to several kinds of work. Convict labour, slave and wage labour, labour migration, and workers of the textile industry, but also workers' organisation, strikes, and motivations for work are part of this first handbook of global labour history, written by the most renowned scholars of the profession.

First global overview of the history of work, 1500 until today

Author Information

Marcel van der Linden is Professor and Director of Research at the IISH, Amsterdam

Karin Hofmeester is Professor at the IISH, Amsterdam


"Insgesamt erweist sich die Lektüre der Beiträge als äußerst anregend, denn ihr ausgesprochener Mehrwert liegt in der konsequenten Betonung des Potenzials einer zukünftigen Globalgeschichte der Arbeit. Das Handbuch ist damit eine äußerst hilfreiche Handreichung zum aktuellen Forschungsstand sowohl für die Arbeiten aus dem Bereich der Global- als auch aus dem der Labour- History."
Nina Kleinöder in: VSWG 106.3 (2019), 385-386


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Audience: Scholars of History, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Labour Economics; Industrial Relations