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Working in Greece and Turkey: A Comparative Labour History from Empires to Nation-States, 1840–1940

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Working in Greece and Turkey

A Comparative Labour History from Empires to Nation-States, 1840–1940

Edited by Leda Papastefanaki and M. Erdem Kabadayı

478 pages, 27 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-696-8 $179.00/£132.00 / Hb / Published (July 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-697-5 eBook

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“[This volume] brings together a diverse range of pieces that focus on a wide variety of occupations and economic sectors: work done on the docks, factory floors, in electric plantations, households, printing workshops, and agricultural fields on two sides of the Aegean Sea. Each piece is well researched, rich, and interesting in its own right. Together, they delve into less explored themes and debates on the labour historiography of the regions concerned—the editors deserve praise for the attention they paid on this point.” • Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

“This book will prove valuable to a wide readership among labor researchers interested in history from below—both within and beyond the territory of the Ottoman Empire and its successor states.” • Journal of Modern Greek Studies

“This is the first collection of essays in English that attempts to systematically examine and analyse this complex and turbulent period of Greek and Ottoman/Turkish history… With its focus on the labour movement and its relation to social change from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, the book is an invaluable contribution not only for Greek and Turkish studies scholars and students but also for researchers who focus on global labour history. I am confident that this well-written and superbly edited book will also attract a wide readership and become standard reading, as it integrates both countries into the global labour history tradition. It will undoubtedly be several years before this work is surpassed.” • Social History

“This book offers a new perspective on global labour history studies by focusing on neglected, under-studied themes rather than traditional themes. It includes a multidimensional approach by mobilizing different disciplines such as migration studies, environmental history, and gender studies. It is very important for global labour history literature to evaluate the impact(s) and interaction of local councils, central administration, governments, trade unions, craft guilds in order to study conflicts and nationalism emerging in the labour market; and to examine the association between the wage information and paternalistic methods despite the scarcity of knowledge about the role of women and children in the labour market.” • Meltem

“This is a very welcome addition to the historiography of Ottoman and post-Ottoman politics and society in the age of nationalism and expanding global capitalism.” • Margarite Poulos, Western Sydney University


As was the case in many other countries, it was only in the early years of this century that Greek and Turkish labour historians began to systematically look beyond national borders to investigate their intricately interrelated histories. The studies in Working in Greece and Turkey provide an overdue exploration of labour history on both sides of the Aegean, before as well as after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Deploying the approaches of global labour history as a framework, this volume presents transnational, transcontinental, and diachronic comparisons that illuminate the shared history of Greece and Turkey.

Leda Papastefanaki is an Associate Professorof Economic and Social History at the University of Ioannina, Greece and Collaborating Faculty Member at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, Rethymno, Greece.

M. Erdem Kabadayı is an Associate Professor of Economic History and the History of Economic Thought at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Subject: History: 18th/19th CenturyHistory: 20th Century to PresentSociology
Area: Southern Europe


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