In the late 19th century, European workers struggled to build transnational solidarity practices. It all started with the foundation of the International Workingmen’s Association in 1864, in a context marked by the increasing circulation of people, goods, and money. British, French, German, Swiss, German, and Italian workers would share information, coordinate strikes and demonstrations, and send money abroad when other workers were in need. But promoting international solidarity proved to be a tough challenge, ridden with potential tensions, misunderstandings, and failures. The practice of internationalism was closely related with larger intellectual and political debates, which shaped the history of European labour movements until World War One and beyond.
The lecture is part of the Research Seminar «History of the 19th to 21st century» and is organised in cooperation with the Instiute of European Global Studies at the University of Basel.
Monday, 30 November 2020, 6.00 pm
Venue: Department of History, Hirschgässlein 21, 4051 Basel, Seminar Room 1