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ILO Histories

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

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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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Index Amsterdam , , , -, , , , , , , Amsterdam International , , , -, -, , , , , , -, , , Anarchist anticleralist terror Anarchist syndicalism Anderson, Mary Anker, Richard Anti-communism , , , , , , Anti-Semitism -, Antwerp , Apartheid , , Arenholt, Julie - Argentina , , -, -, - , , -, -, -, -, -, , Arrighi, Giovanni Asia , , , , , , , -, , , , , , , , Asian Regional Conference (6G8) , , Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (6A6>) Athens Atlantic Charter , , -, , Attlee, Clement Aubert, Jean-Francois Australia , , , , A (Abolition of ) Forced Labour Convention Ad Hoc Committee on Forced Labour Adler, Friedrich Advisory Committee for Salaried Employees and Professional Workers Africa , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , African Regional Conference (6;G8) Aguilar Mawdsley, André Alcock, Anthony , Alexander, George , Allende, Salvador Allied Powers -, , , , Amelink, Herman , , America , , , , , -, - American Federation of Labor (6;A) , , , , , , , , , , American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations (6;A8>D) American Management Association (6B6) , , Amsab-Institute for Social History >AD=>HIDG>:H Austria -, , , -, - , -, , , , , B Bakker, Jacobus Baldassini, Ramon Antonio , , Bałuka, Edmund Bałuka, Françoise Barbados - Barnes, George Nicoll , , , Barnett, Michael Bartczak, Jan Basel , Baumeister, Albert Belgian Workers Party , Belgium , , , -, -, - , -, , , , , , -, , - Belin, René , , Bergson, Henri Berlin , , -, , , Bern , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Bern Convention -, -, , Beveridge, William , , Bevin, Ernest , , , , Bismarck, Otto von Blanchard, Francis , , , - , , Blanqui, Louis Blondel, Marc - Bogota Boissard, Adéodate Bolin, Bertil Bolivia , , Bouvier, Jeanne Boyd-Carpenter, Archibald Brauer, Theo Brazil , , -, -, , Brezhnev, Leonid Briand, Aristide , Bricker, John W. - British Foreign Off ice (;D) British Ministry of Labour , , , Brown, Percy S. Brussels -, -, -, , -, , , - Buck, Liv - Budapest Buenos Aires Bujak, Zbigniew Bulgaria , , , , Bureau international...

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