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ILO Histories

Essays on the International Labour Organization and Its Impact on the World During the Twentieth Century


Edited By Jasmien Van Daele, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia and Geert van Goethem

In 2009, the International Labour Organization (ILO) celebrated its ninetieth anniversary. The First World War and the revolutionary wave it provoked in Russia and elsewhere were powerful inspirations for the founding of the ILO. There was a growing understanding that social justice, in particular by improving labour conditions, was an essential precondition for universal peace. Since then, the ILO has seen successes and set-backs; it has been ridiculed and praised. Much has been written about the ILO; there are semi-official histories and some critical studies on the organization’s history have recently been published. Yet, further source-based critical and comprehensive analyses of the organization’s origins and development are still lacking. The present collection of eighteen essays is an attempt to change this unsatisfactory situation by complementing those histories that already exist, exploring new topics, and offering new perspectives. It is guided by the observation that the ILO’s history is not primarily about «elaborating beautiful texts and collecting impressive instruments for ratification» but about effecting «real change and more happiness in peoples’ lives».


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Foreword 9 Writing >AD Histories: A State of the Art Jasmien Van Daele Beyond Gompers: The American Federation of Labor, the Creation of the >AD, and JH Labor Dissent Elizabeth McKillen Demands on the >AD by Internationally Organized Women in Ulla Wikander Albert Thomas, the >AD and the >;IJ: A Case of Mutual Benefit? Reiner Tosstorff The >AD and the Freedom of Association as the Ideal of the Christian Trade Unions Patrick Pasture The >AD and Welfare Reform in South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, - Jeremy Seekings Constructing a European Social Model: The Fight for Social Insurance in the Interwar Period Sandrine Kott Borderline Work: >AD Explorations onto the Housing Scene until Pierre-Yves Saunier “Special Circumstances” in Geneva: The >AD and the World of Non-Metropolitan Labour in the Interwar Years Susan Zimmermann The >AD and the >B>: A Strategy of Inf luence on the Edges of the League of Nations, - Thomas Cayet “Intellectual Workers” and Their Search for a Place Within the >AD During the Interwar Period Christophe Verbruggen A Shift in the Centre of Gravity: The >AD under Harold Butler and John G. Winant Stephen Hughes and Nigel Haworth Phelan’s War: The International Labour Organization in Limbo (-) Geert Van Goethem Laquelle était la vraie France? France and the >AD during the Second World War Jaci Leigh Eisenberg The “Morse Years”: The >AD - Daniel Roger Maul The >AD and the Argentine Dictatorship (-) Victoria Basualdo The Limits of Lobbying: >AD and Solidarność Idesbald Goddeeris The...

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