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The period 1800-1920 was one in which work processes were dramatically transformed by mechanization, factory system, the abolition of the guilds, the integration of national markets and expansion into overseas colonies. While some continued to work in trades that were similar to those of their parents and grandparents, increasing numbers of workers found their workplace and work processes changed, often in ways that were beyond their control. Workers employed a variety of means to protest these changes, from machine-breaking to strikes to migration. This period saw the rise of the labor union and the working-class political party. It was also a time during which ideas about work changed dramatically. Work came to be seen as a source of pride, progress and even liberation, and workers garnered increased interest from writers and artists. This volume explores the multi-faceted experience of workers during the Age of Empire.
A Cultural History of Work in the Age of Empire presents an overview of the period with essays on economies, representations of work, workplaces, work cultures, technology, mobility, society, politics and leisure.
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Victoria E. Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Arizona State University, USA. She is the author of The Virtuous Marketplace: Women and Men, Money and Politics in Paris, 1830-1870 (2000), Women in Nineteenth-Century Europe (2004), along with Rachel Fuchs, and Inventing Public Space: Paris, 1748-1790 (forthcoming).
List of Figures
General Editors' Preface
Introduction - Victoria E. Thompson (Arizona State University, USA)
1. The Economy of Work - Ludovic Frobert (CNRS, France) and Francois Jarrige (University of Burgundy, France) Translated by Victoria E. Thompson (Arizona State University, USA)
2. Picturing Work - Susan Hiner (Vassar College, USA)
3. Work and Workplaces - Casey Harison (University of Southern Indiana, USA)
4. Workplace Cultures - Victoria E. Thompson (Arizona State University, USA)
5. Work, Skill, and Technology - Francois Jarrige (University of Burgundy, France) Translated by Victoria E. Thompson (Arizona State University, USA)
6. Work and Mobility - Ute Chamberlin (Western Illinois University, USA)
7. Work and Society - Marjorie Levine-Clark (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
8. The Political Culture of Work - Fiona A. Montgomery (Independent Scholar, UK)
9. Work and Leisure - W. Scott Haine (University of Maryland, USA)
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