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Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class

In Southern Insurgency, Immanuel Ness provides a thorough and expert perspective of three key countries where workers are fighting the spread of unchecked industrial capitalism: China, India, and South Africa. In each case, he considers the broader historical forces in play, such as the effects of imperialism, the decline of the international union movement, class struggle, and the growing reserve of available labor. He then narrows his focus in each case on the specifics of the current grassroots insurgency: the militancy of miners in South Africa, new labor organizations in India, and the rise of worker insurgencies in China.

Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

Labor and Monopoly Capital was one of the most important sociological books of its era. It revived academic interest in both the history and the sociology of workplaces setting the agenda for many subsequent historians and sociologists of the workplace. The work started what came to be called, using Braverman's phraseology, "the labor process debate". This had as its focus a close examination the nature of "skill" and the finding that there was a decline in the use of skilled labor as a result of managers strategy for control. It also documented the workers resistance to such managerial strategies

Blood of Spain - Ronald Fraser

Between June 1973 and May 1975, in the twilight of the Franco era, Ronald Fraser taped his conversations with more than three hundred survivors of Spain's civil war.

Spanish Marxism vs Soviet Communism: A History of the P.O.U.M. in the Spanish Civil War - Victor Alba

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Spanish Marxism Versus Soviet Communism is the first historical study of the P.O.U.M. to appear in English. Drawing from his multi-volume work on the subject, which was published in Spanish and Catalan, Victor Alba has collaborated with Stephen Schwartz to produce a condensed and amplified study that is far more than a translation.

Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution, 1863-1877 - Eric Foner

This masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans -- black and white -- responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery.

Black against empire: The history and politics of the Black Panther Party - Joshua Bloom

In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality.

Anarchy #011: the world of Paul Goodman

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Issue of Anarchy from January 1962 primarily about the ideas of Paul Goodman.

One Big Union and horizontal worker cooperatives in Texas: a story

Picketers outside Ecology Action

A brief history of a labour dispute at a non-profit that resulted in the establishment of a co-operative that then spent years experimenting with horizontal leadership and self management.