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European Societies of Work in Transformation: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Great Britain, Sweden and West Germany During the Seventies

26-28 November 2009

Venue: German Historical Institute London
Organisers: Kerstin Brückweh (GHIL), Andreas Gestrich (GHIL), Bernhard Rieger (University College London)

During the Seventies, many European countries experienced profound structural transformations that affected their character as industrial societies. In particular, the fundamental changes that reshaped the world of work galvanized public attention as much as they puzzled policy makers and social scientists. Moreover, countless people directly affected by the downturn made their grievances known in public. Focusing on Great Britain, Sweden and West Germany, this conference compares how three European industrial societies struggled to deal with challenges of economic change in a broad range of economic, social, and cultural settings. We hope to open up this new field for comparative and transnational historical research.

Call for papers (PDF file)
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Conference Report (PDF file)