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

Global History of Textile Workers

Global History of Textile Workers: A global and comparative history of textile workers 1650-2000.

In the first phase of the project, national studies were written on textile production in different countries over the period 1650-2000. To make them useful tools for international comparisons, these national overviews were based on a framework document that listed a number of topics/questions to be treated in each overview.  

In the second phase of the project, a number of authors of the national overviews was invited to write a thematic comparative paper (on Globalization and Trade, Organization of Production, Space, Identity, Workfloor, Institutions, Production Relations, Gender, Ethnicity and the Textile Firm ) based upon the collection of national overviews.

The third phase of the project was a conference in Amsterdam, November 11-13, 2004, where the comparative papers were discussed by the authors of overviews. Finally, revised national overviews and comparative papers were published:

The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650-2000
Edited by Lex Heerma van Voss, Els Hiemstra-Kuperus, and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Farnham, Surrey (UK) : Ashgate Publishing, 2010. ISBN 978-0-7546-9591-2 (hardback), 860 pp.

Project Team
The organisers of this project were Lex Heerma van Voss, Els Hiemstra and Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk.