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International labour and the origins of the Cold War

Author: Denis MacShane
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first major study of the role of industrial unions in the launch of the Cold War in the 1940s. Using unpublished archival material from Europe and America, Denis MacShane challenges existing interpretations of international labour's role in the Cold War, arguing that European traditions and political differences were more important than American interventions in determining labour's attitudes to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
MacShane, Denis.
International labour and the origins of the Cold War.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)646924513
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denis MacShane
ISBN: 0198273665 9780198273660
OCLC Number: 24431277
Description: x, 324 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. International Trade-Union Politics --
2. Metalworkers and Trade-Union Internationalism 1890-1920 --
3. The Impact of Communism on the International Metalworkers' Federation 1920-1940 --
4. Metalworkers and the Creation of the World Federation of Trade Unions --
5. Centralism Or Diversity: Two World Views --
6. The American Federation of Labor and the International Labour Movement After the Second World War --
7. Internationalism and the Congress of Industrial Organizations --
8. The Congress of Industrial Organizations, the World Federation of Trade Unions, and the Marshall Plan --
9. British Metalworkers and the Origins of the Cold War --
10. British Metalworkers, Communism, and the Soviet Union After 1945 --
11. The Politics of German Unions After the End of Nazism --
12. The Organization of German Metalworkers After 1945 --
13. The Divisions in the French Unions --
14. External Interference in French Labour --
15. The Lessons of 1945.
Responsibility: Denis MacShane.
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