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Strike Action and Nation Building

Labor Unrest in Palestine/Israel, 1899-1951

David De Vries

196 pages, 11 illus., 8 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-809-8 $90.00/£64.00 Hb Published (July 2015)

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“The book has many qualities. It is well written and well structured, and it hosts several tables and figures, which are quite useful for the reader. In terms of research, De Vries skillfully combines primary sources – documents identified in several Israeli and British archives, and a vast amount of press (all the most relevant newspapers of the time have been consulted) — with the existing historiography, with which the author engages in a very productive way… this is certainly a very good and useful book, which sheds light on an interesting and relevant topic and allows a better understanding of the process of nation – and the statebuilding in Palestine/Israel.” · Middle East Media and Book Reviews

“A keen political, economic, and social historical scrutiny, Strike Action and Nation Building is a welcome contribution to college library International Studies shelves.” · Midwest Book Review

“This is simply one of the best books I have read on the history of Israel/Palestine in several years. It is easily among the top three or four best and most important of its type--but I would hasten to add that it is quite distinct…. Given the current climate of opinion, with overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward 'strikes' as instruments of labour relations, it is crucial that the phenomenon be situated and analysed in a historical context.” · Michael Berkowitz, University College London

“De Vries manages to combine a quantitative approach with story-telling…[This book] is well written with a view for detailed strike histories... I would recommend it especially [for studying] the relationship between labour and nationalism.” · Sjaak van der Velden, International Institute of Social History

Strike-action has long been a notable phenomenon in Israeli society, despite forces that have weakened its recurrence, such as the Arab-Jewish conflict, the decline of organized labor, and the increasing precariousness of employment. While the impact of strikes was not always immense, they are deeply rooted in Israel's past during the Ottoman Empire and Mandate Palestine. Workers persist in using them for material improvement and to gain power in both the private and public sectors, reproducing a vibrant social practice whose codes have withstood the test of time. This book unravels the trajectory of the strikes as a rich source for the social-historical analysis of an otherwise nation-oriented and highly politicized history.

David De Vries is a social historian in the department of Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University. Among his publications are Idealism and Bureaucracy in 1920s Palestine: The Origins of ‘Red Haifa’ (1999), Dock Workers: International Explorations in Labour History, 1790–1970 (2000, co-edited), and Diamonds and War: State, Capital, and Labor in British-Ruled Palestine (2010).

Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Middle East & Israel

LC: HD5412.2.A6D4 2015

BISAC: HIS019000 HISTORY/Middle East/Israel; HIS037070 HISTORY/Modern/20th Century; POL013000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Labor & Industrial Relations

BIC: HBLW 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; JHBL Sociology: work & labour




Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Sources

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Emergence of the Strike, 1899-1914
Chapter 2. The National Construction of Strikes, 1918-1930
Chapter 3. Strike Action and Politicization, 1931-1940
Chapter 4. War and the Normalization of Strikes, 1941-1946
Chapter 5. From Social Act to Social Right, 1947-1951

Appendix
Notes                                                                
Bibliography                                               
Index

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