New Book : “Working In Greece And Turkey – A Comparative Labour History From Empires to Nations-States , 1840–1940 ”

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Published on July 2020 by Berghahn Books; Edited by Leda Papastefanaki and M. Erdem Kabadayı

“As was the case in many other countries, it was only in the early years of this century that Greek and Turkish labour historians began to systematically look beyond national borders to investigate their intricately interrelated histories. The studies in Working in Greece and Turkey provide an overdue exploration of labour history on both sides of the Aegean, before as well as after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Deploying the approaches of global labour history as a framework, this volume presents transnational, transcontinental, and diachronic comparisons that illuminate the shared history of Greece and Turkey.”

Leda Papastefanaki is an Associate Professorof Economic and Social History at the University of Ioannina, Greece and Collaborating Faculty Member at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH, Rethymno, Greece.

M. Erdem Kabadayı is an Associate Professor of Economic History and the History of Economic Thought at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.


Introduction and Historiographical Essay: Greek and Turkish Economic and Social History, and Labour History,Leda Papastefanaki and M. Erdem Kabadayı

Part I: Agrarian Property and Labour Relations, Rural and Urban Organization of Work

Chapter 1. Were Peasants Bound to the Soil in the Nineteenth-Century Balkans? A Reappraisal of the Question of the New/Second Serfdom in Ottoman Historiography, Alp Yücel Kaya

Chapter 2. The ‘Invisible’ Army of Greek Labourers,Christos Hadziiossif

Chapter 3. ‘No Work for Anyone in this Country of Misery’: Famine and Labour Relations in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Anatolia, Semih Çelik

Chapter 4. Rural Manufacturing in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Countryside: Textile Workers in Three Plovdiv Villages, Fatma Öncel

Chapter 5. Ethno-religious Division of Labour in Urban Economies of the Ottoman Empire in the Nineteenth Century, M. Erdem Kabadayı and Murat Güvenç
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Part II: Political Change, Migration, and Nationalisms

Chapter 6. Class Formation on the Modern Waterfront: Port Workers and Their Struggles in Late Ottoman Istanbul, Akın Sefer

Chapter 7. Labourers, Refugees, Revolutionaries: Ottoman Perceptions of Armenian Emigration, Sinan Dinçer

Chapter 8. The Greek Labour Movement and National Preference Demands, 1890–1922, Nikos Potamianos

Chapter 9. Refugees, Foreigners, Non-Muslims: Nationalism and Workers in the Silahtarağa Power Plant, 1914–24, Erol Ülker

Part III: Labour Market and Emotions in the Twentieth Century

Chapter 10. “Fatherly Interest…”: Industrial Paternalism, Labour Management, and Gender in the Textile Mills of a Greek Island (Hermoupolis, Syros, 1900–1940), Leda Papastefanaki

Chapter 11. The Changing Organization of Production and Modes of Control, and the Workers’ Response: The Turkish Textile Industry in the 1940s and 50s, Barış Alp Özden

Chapter 12. ‘It is Fair to Ask for the Improvement of Their Fate’: The Demands, Mobilization, and the Political Orientation of the Press Workers and Printers of Patras, 1900–1940, Asimakis Palaiologos

Chapter 13. Children’s Domestic Labour: Intimate Relations, Family Politics, and the Construction of Identity of Domestic Workers in Interwar Greece, Pothiti Hantzaroula

Epilogue, Leda Papastefanaki and M. Erdem Kabadayı


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