Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

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In the French Alps the water bubbles and rushes very rapidly. In 1869 Aristide Bergès, a paper manufacturer, had an idea to transfer the energy of the waterfall into electricity. In Lancey, near... [Image gallery]
A recent collection of photographs and audio tapes documents the harsh working lives of those who labour in the coal, salt, and other mines of Pakistan. Part of an ongoing project by Ahmad Saleem and... [Image gallery]
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelJournalist Frits Eisenloeffel visited Angola in 1975 and 1976 to witness the transfer of power from the Portuguese to the Angolan liberation movement and the... [Image gallery]
Photos by Frits EisenloeffelIn December 1978 Frits Eisenloeffel travelled to Namibia to report on the elections. The elections were organized by the South African government and intended to favor the... [Image gallery]
The 2014 issue of the Cambridge Journal History in Africa – now online - has a special section on Labour History in Africa (edited by Karin Hofmeester and Filipa Ribeiro da Silva) dedicated to the... [News]
On October 2nd Kaveh Ehsani successfully defended his thesis at Leiden University.“The Social History of Labor in the Iranian Oil Industry, the Built Environment and the Making of the Industrial... [News]
The latest issue of Tijdschrift voor Sociale en Economische Geschiedenis (TSEG 2014, jrg 11 no 1) is largely devoted to "Worthy Efforts: Attitudes to Work and Workers in Pre-Industrial Europe" (... [News]
Historians have long overlooked the labour involved in soldiering. With the publication of Fighting for a Living, the world of military workers is brought to the forefront of scholarly inquiry.This... [News]
On 12 October 2013, the European Labour History Network (ELHN) was established during a meeting at the IISH in Amsterdam.The ELHN aims to function as a gateway to share knowledge and (digital)... [News]
In 'Outlines of a History of Labour', IISH Honorary Fellow Jan Lucassen provides insights about what we can learn from the new global labour history, using important new research findings to... [News]

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