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A Social History of Spanish Labour: New Perspectives on Class, Politics, and Gender
Volume 11

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A Social History of Spanish Labour

New Perspectives on Class, Politics, and Gender

Edited by José A. Piqueras and Vicent Sanz Rozalén

336 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-296-4 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (January 2008)

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“A collection of this sort is long overdue…This volume, edited by labour historians from two different generations, provides English-speaking readers with a sampler of the work in the field over the last two decades.” • Labour/Le Travail


Focusing on organization, resistance and political culture, this collection represents some of the best examples of recent Spanish historiography in the field of modern Spanish labor movements. Topics range from socialism to anarchism, from the formation of the liberal state in the 19th century to the Civil War, and from women in the work place to the fate of the unions under Franco.

José A. Piqueras is Professor of History at University Jaume I (Castellón-Spain) and has published widely on the development of civil societies, social movements and political culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. From 1988 has been the Editor of Historia Social.

Vicent Sanz-Rozalén is Lecturer of History at University Jaume I (Castellón-Spain) and author of a number of on social and political movements in 19th-century societies and Cuban-Spanish colonial relations during the late period of colony.

Subject: Economic History 18th/19th Century History 20th Century History
Area: Europe


Introduction: Traditional History and the New Social History of Labour in Spain
José A. Piqueras and Vicent Sanz Rozalén

Chapter 1. The Formation of the Working Class: A Cultural Creation
Manuel Pérez Ledesma

Chapter 2. Women in the Workplace in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spain: Methodological Considerations
Pilar Pérez Fuentes

Chapter 3. The ‘Hardest, Most Unpleasant’ Profession: The Work of Laundresses in Eighteenth-, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spain
Carmen Sarasúa

Chapter 4. The Toccata and Fugue of the Urban Factory: Working-Class Conflicts and Work Discipline in Valencia, 1840–1880
Francesc A. Martínez Gallego

Chapter 5. Craft Work, Industry and Radical Culture in the Age of the First International
José A. Piqueras

Chapter 6. ‘Resistance, Resistance, Resistance!’ Skills and Disputes in the Castellón Espadrille Industry at the End of the Nineteenth Century
Vicent Sanz Rozalén

Chapter 7. Traditional Popular Culture and Industrial Work Discipline: Asturias, 1880–1914
Jorge Uría

Chapter 8. ‘Rough Characters’: Miners, Alcohol and Violence in Linares at the End of the Nineteenth Century
José Sierra Álvarez

Chapter 9. Disputes, Protest and Forms of Resistance in Rural Areas: Huesca, 1880–1914 Carmen
Frías Corredor

Chapter 10. The Standard of Living of Miners in Biscaye, 1876–1936
Antonio Escudero

Chapter 11. Republicans, Socialists and Anarchists: What Revolution Was That?
Javier Paniagua

Chapter 12. The Civil War – A Class Struggle? The Difficult Task of Reconstructing the Past
Julián Casanova

Chapter 13. Subordination, Supplies and Mortality: The Montaña catalana, 1939–1945
Joan Serrallonga

Chapter 14. A Fundamental Instrument for Labour-Force Control? Reflections on the Vertical Trade Union Organisation of the Franco Regime
José Babiano

Notes on Contributors

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