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Workers Against Work: Labour in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts

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Why did a revolution occur in Spain and not in France in 1936? This is the key question Michael Seidman explores in his important new study of the relations between industrial capitalists and working-class movements in the early part of the twentieth century. In a comparative analysis of Paris during the Popular Front and Barcelona during the Spanish Revolution, Seidman examines the strengths and weaknesses of the bourgeoisies in these two cities and traces workers' resistance to and acceptance of work. His emphasis on the continuing refusal to work challenges the dominant views of labour historiography and contributes to a general theory of revolutionary workers' control. Seidman illuminates three crucial issues that have broad implications for the history of the twentieth century. His comparative approach delineates the nature of class confrontation in societies with different kinds of bourgeoisies or capitalist elites. He also shows how the differences between these elites affected the labour movements in France and Spain, and he demonstrates how rank-and-file workers actually responded to the revolutionary situation in Barcelona and to the advent of the reformist government in Paris. A social history of acceptance and rejection of work, this book offers a new conceptualisation of wage earners and a critique of work itself.

Internally clean and bright. Foxing to page edges. Minor shelf wear to cover.

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Author(s):
Seidman, Michael
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1991
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0520069153
ISBN-13:
9780520069152
Number of pages:
399
Publisher:
University of California Press
Title:
Workers Against Work: Labour in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts

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Why did a revolution occur in Spain and not in France in 1936? This is the key question Michael Seidman explores in his important new study of the relations between industrial capitalists and working-class movements in the early part of the twentieth century. In a comparative analysis of Paris during the Popular Front and Barcelona during the Spanish Revolution, Seidman examines the strengths and weaknesses of the bourgeoisies in these two cities and traces workers' resistance to and acceptance of work. His emphasis on the continuing refusal to work challenges the dominant views of labour historiography and contributes to a general theory of revolutionary workers' control. Seidman illuminates three crucial issues that have broad implications for the history of the twentieth century. His comparative approach delineates the nature of class confrontation in societies with different kinds of bourgeoisies or capitalist elites. He also shows how the differences between these elites affected the labour movements in France and Spain, and he demonstrates how rank-and-file workers actually responded to the revolutionary situation in Barcelona and to the advent of the reformist government in Paris. A social history of acceptance and rejection of work, this book offers a new conceptualisation of wage earners and a critique of work itself.

Internally clean and bright. Foxing to page edges. Minor shelf wear to cover.

Author(s):
Seidman, Michael
Condition:
Used: good
Edition:
1991
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0520069153
ISBN-13:
9780520069152
Number of pages:
399
Publisher:
University of California Press
Title:
Workers Against Work: Labour in Paris and Barcelona During the Popular Fronts

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