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Polish coal miners' union and : Nati - John Kulczycki

Polish coal miners' union and


Hardcover Published: 3rd January 1997
ISBN: 9781859731581
Number Of Pages: 300

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Drawing on unpublished archival material, this book provides the first complete account of the Polish miners' union in the Ruhr and places it in the wider context of the German labor movement, from the pre-World War I mass strikes to the dramatic post-war events which eventually saw its dissolution. The author persuasively argues that the union's demise does not signal an inherent contradiction between national and social solidarity. Rather, the conflict between these two ideals lies chiefly in the pre-war and post-war history of the Polish Trade Union. With this book, the author convincingly furthers his revisionist challenge of the standard view of the Polish workers' relationship to their German counterparts. Praise for the author's previous book, The Foreign Worker and the German Labor Movement (Berg, 1994): 'a fine piece of scholarship which deserves a wide audience among anyone interested in Imperial Germany, labor history, migration, or nationalism' (Central European History).

Industry Reviews

"Kulczycki tells his story with a good sense of its human conflicts and drama, as well as with the meticulous attention to detail, nuance, and change that is expected of a specialized monograph. [...] a persuasive account of one particular labor organization within its discrete historical context and, by implication rather than with didactic rhetoric, he has also written a cautionary tale for our own time." --The Sarmatian Review

"Kulczycki... skilfully fill(s) a gap in the labour and political history of the Ruhr." --Business History

"This is an excellent conclusion to Kulczycki's trilogy of monographs on the history of the Poles under the Empire. It also provides fruitful points of comparison for labor histories elsewhere." --Labor History

"well researched, focuses on issues of central importance to historians of Poland, and offers an opportunity for analyzing the role of minorities in a multicultural society." --Slavic Review

"[a] well-written, well-edited, finely conceived, and vigorously argued work of labor history." --International Labor and Working-Class History

"Kulczycki has managed to throw light on an important set of factors complicating the emergence and the successful functioning of trade unions from their origins until today: the interplay of nation and class. . . Equally significant is Kulczycki's elevation of the long-neglected Polish labour movement in the Ruhr to centre stage." --Labour/Le Travail

"[This book] should be read by any specialist on Polish-German relations as well as those interested in the goals and development of modern labor movements." --The Polish Review

"[This book is] well-researched and tightly argued." --Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism

Abbreviations in Notes
Map: Prussia's Western and Eastern Provinces
Map: The Ruhr Industrial Region
Introductionp. 1
National Solidarity in the Interest of the Working Class
The Formation of a Polish Trade Union, 1902-1905p. 9
The Achievement of Parity: The 1905 Strikep. 45
Consolidation of the Polish Union Movement, 1905-1912p. 65
Integration of the ZZP in the Labor Movement, 1905-1914p. 97
National Solidarity in the Interest of the Polish Nation-State
The World War and the Reorientation of the ZZPp. 137
Polish Disengagement from the German Labor Movement, 1918-1924p. 159
The Self-Liquidation of the Polish Miners' Unionp. 205
Conclusion: National Versus Social Solidarityp. 249
Membership in the ZZPp. 253
The Program and Demands of the ZZP, 27 October 1917p. 255
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9781859731581
ISBN-10: 1859731589
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 3rd January 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1