Labour History in the Semi-periphery: Southern Europe, 19th-20th centuries

 Edited by Leda Papastefanaki and Nikos Potamianos

This collective volume aims at studying a variety of labour history themes in Southern Europe, and investigating the transformations of labour and labour relations that these areas underwent in the 19th and the 20th centuries. The subjects studied include industrial labour relations in Southern Europe; labour on the sea and in the shipyards of the Mediterranean; small enterprises and small land ownership in relation to labour; formal and informal labour; the tendency towards independent work and the role of culture; forms of labour management (from paternalistic policies to the provision of welfare capitalism); the importance of the institutional framework and the wider political context; and women’s labour and gender relations.

Author information

Leda Papastefanaki, University of Ioannina, Greece; Nikos Potamianos, Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH, Greece.



Table of Contents

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Labour History in the Semi-periphery. Southern Europe, 19th–20th centuries

Leda Papastefanaki and Nikos Potamianos

Part I. Small Business, Small Property and Labour

Chapter 1. Ownership and Labour in Rural Greece during the Nineteenth Century

Stavroula Verrarou

Chapter 2. “Half-freedom”: Retail Trade Labour Relations in Lisbon and the Introduction of the Weekly Rest, 1870–1910

Daniel Alves

Chapter 3. Policies for Artisans in Italy: the Transition from Fascist Corporatism to Post-war Welfare State, 1925–1960

Anna Pina Paladini

Chapter 4. Industrial Employment, Enterprise Structures and their Anthropological Foundations. The Case of Greece

Vincent Gouzi

Part II. Formal and Informal Labour, Family Patterns

Chapter 5. Guild and Non-guild Labour in the Central Balkans during the Nineteenth Century

Svetla Ianeva

Chapter 6. Between Workers and the Retailing Community: the Street Vendors of Athens in the First Decades of the Twentieth Century

Nikos Potamianos

Chapter 7. Aspects of Industrial Child Labour in Late Imperial and Interwar Austria

Maria Papathanassiou

Part III. Industrial Labour Relations in Southern Europe

Chapter 8. Everyday Life in the Bata Company Town Borovo before the Second World War

Milan Balaban

Chapter 9. Marking the Political, Cultural and Spatial Boundary Lines of the Working-class in Interwar Period: the Neighbourhood of Peristeri, Athens

Kostas Paloukis

Chapter 10. Labour Conflicts: The Case of Labour Arbitration in Italy during the Early Twentieth Century

Anna Pellegrino

Chapter 11. Corporate Welfare Facilities in Italy: An Historical Perspective and Quantitative Approach

Paolo Raspadori

Chapter 12. In Search of Unanimity: Human Relations at the Falck Steelworks, 1948– 1962

Andrea Umberto Gritti

Part IV. Shipyards and Maritime Labour in the Mediterranean

Chapter 13. The Long Road to Recognition: the Profession of Ship Engineer in the Spanish Merchant Marine, 1877–1980

Enric Garcia-Domingo

Chapter 14 Cantieristi. A History of Labour in Palermo Shipyard from 1945 to 1970

Aurora Iannello

List of contributors