Worktime and Industrialization

An International History

Gary Cross
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HC: $37.95
EAN: 978-0-87722-582-9
Publication: Jan 89

256 pages

Examines the many-sided problem of worktime in American and European society


This anthology examines the many-sided problem of worktime in American and European (including Soviet) society from 1800 to 1940. While some of the essays explore this question in the transition to the factory system, providing a fresh perspective on the social history of early industrial work and political culture, other papers interpret hours reform in the context of the modem state. Together, the ten essays suggest new possibilities for comparative historical research.

Table of Contents

1. Worktime and Industrialization: An Introduction – Gay Cross
2. Independent Hours: Time and the Artisan in the New Republic – Howard Rock
3. Controlling the Product: Work, Time, and the Early Industrial Workforce in Britain, 1800-1850 – Clive Behagg
4. Work, Leisure, and Moral Reform: The Ten-Hours Movement in New England, 1830-1850 – Teresa Murphy
5. The Political Ideology of Short Time: England, 1820-1850 – Stewart Weaver
6. Sane and Hopeful, Though Slow and Difficult: The Reduction of Women’s Working Hours in the Paid Labor Force, 1890-1920 – Kathryn Kish Sklar
7. The Limits of Corporate Reform: Fordism, Taylorism, and the Working Week in the U.S., 1914-1929 – David Roediger
8. Worktime in International Discontinuity, 1886-1940 – Gay Cross
9. Worktime and Industrialization in the U.S.S.R., 1917-1941 – William Chase and Lewis Siegelbaum
10. The New Deal: The Salvation of Work and the End of the Shorter Hour Movement – Benjamin Kline Hunnicutt

About the Author(s)

Gary Cross is Associate Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University and author of Immigrant Workers in Industrial France (Temple).


In the Series

  • Labor and Social Change edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni

    Labor and Social Change, edited by Paula Rayman and Carmen Sirianni, includes books on workplace issues like worker participation, quality of work life, shorter hours, technological change, and productivity, as well as union and community organizing and ethnographies of particular occupations.