This tenth issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social is being published after a long time hiatus for which the pandemic situation and its procession of miseries is partially, although not solely responsible. However, we would like to associate this “renaissance” of our journal with the full recovery of Sjaak van der Velden, member of our Editorial Board, who for many months struggled with Covid 19 and its effects, for a long and healthy life.
This issue of Workers of the World comes out after an interruption of one year, for which we want to apologize most of all the organizers of its dossier and the authors who have contributed with articles. We hope it won’t happen again, and the upcoming IV Conference of the International Association on Strikes and Social Conflicts to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, between 10 and 13 July 2018 will certainly make the necessary arrangements to guarantee its continuity.
This issue of Workers of the World signals the beginning of a partnership with DuEPublico, the Documentation and Publishing Division of the University of Duisburg-Essen, which will from now on shelter our online journal. As a result of this partnership, Professors Norbert Meder and Patrick Eiden-Offe, from the University of Duisburg-Essen, have joined our Editorial Board.
The seventh issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts is a special issue built around the dossier “Labour Activism in the Middle East and North Africa”. The guest editor responsible for this issue is Peyman Jafari, a researcher who teaches global politics and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Amsterdam.
This sixth issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts is being published in June instead of the beginning of 2015 mostly because of the difficulties its dossier, “Resisting War in the Twentieth Century”, has experienced. Themes as peacekeeping, ‘nation building’ or even post-war reconciliation can hardly be considered as ways of resisting war. Some of our invitations regarding resistance to war in Portugal and its former colonies, the former Jugoslavia or Israel could not be met, at least now, and finnaly some of the submitted articles were not considered fit to print, at least as they were when submitted. In the end only three articles have ‘survived’ the scrutiny of our evaluators.
The fifth issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts is dedicated to “Conflict in the contemporary rural world. New interpretations of an old problem”, and it has Histagra (Research Group on the Agrarian and Political History of the Rural World, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), as guest editors.
This is the fourth issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts. Differently from what we might start calling ‘usual’, this issue is not thematic (as the previous one – and the next, which will be dedicated to “Conflit in contemporary rural world: new perspectives on an old problem”, and it doesn’t have a dossier either. This is for a very good reason – authors from different continents keep providing us with a constant flow of article proposals which can’t wait (too much) to be published.
This special issue of Workers of the World is entirely dedicated to global labour history. To prepare this special issue, we’ve invited as guest editor Christian G. De Vito. Christian graduated in History from the University of Florence and obtained his PhD in Contemporary History at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. He is an honorary fellow at the International Institute of Social History (IISG), member of the editorial board of the International Social History Association (ISHA) newsletter, co-chair of the Labour Network of the European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) and member of the board of the Societá Italiana di Storia del Lavoro (SISLAV). As you will see, he did a terrific job as editor of this issue. You are invited to read his introduction, “New perspectives on global labour history”.
You are looking at the second issue of Workers of the World – International Journal on Strikes and Social Conflicts. Workers of the World is the journal of the International Association Strikes and Social Conflicts (http://iassc- mshdijon.in2p3.fr/), born of the International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts, held in Lisbon, UNL, on 16-20 March 2011. During the last year the Association kept growing and has now the participation of three dozen academic institutions from Europe, Africa, North and South America.
In this first issue we have a dossier on Strikes and Revolution, with articles by Alice K. Pate, Kevin Murphy, Michael Seidman and William A. Pelz. We also have articles by Richard Roman and Edur Velasco on a century of strikes in Mexico, Verity Burgmann and Meredith Burgmann on the Australian builders labourers in the 1970s and Anna Koumandaraki on the controversy in the Greek trade union movement over a state-centred approach to labour movement theory.