Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745399591 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399607 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Wobblies of the World

A Global History of the IWW

Edited by Peter Cole, David Struthers, and Kenyon Zimmer

Wobblies of the World

Edited by Peter Cole, David Struthers, and Kenyon Zimmer

Distributed for Pluto Press

280 pages | 10 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745399591 Published November 2017 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745399607 Published January 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Founded in 1905, Chicago’s Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a union unlike any other. With members affectionately called “Wobblies” and an evolutionary and internationalist philosophy and tactics, it rapidly grew across the world. Considering the history of the IWW from an international perspective for the first time, Wobblies of the World brings together a group of leading scholars to present a lively collection of accounts from thirteen diverse countries, revealing a fascinating story of anarchism, syndicalism, and socialism.
 
Drawing on many important figures of the movement—Har Dayal, James Larkin, William D. “Big Bill” Haywood, Enrique Flores Magón, and more—the contributors describe how the IWW and its ideals spread, exploring the crucial role the IWW played in industries such as shipping, mining, and agriculture. Ultimately, the book illuminates Wobblie methods of organizing, forms of expression, practices, and transnational issues, offering a fascinating alternative history of the group. 
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
 
Part I: Transnational Influences on the IWW
1 “A Cosmopolitan Crowd”: Transnational Anarchists, the IWW, and the American Radical Press
2 Sabotage, the IWW, and Repression: How the American Reinterpretation of a French Concept Gave Rise to a New International Conception of Sabotage
3 Living Social Dynamite: Early Twentieth-Century IWW-South Asia Connections
4 IWW Internationalism and Interracial Organizing in the Southwestern United States
5 Spanish Anarchists and Maritime Workers in the IWW
 
Part II: The IWW in the Wider World
6 The IWW and the Dilemmas of Labor Internationalism
7 The IWW in Tampico: Anarchism, Internationalism, and Solidarity Unionism in a Mexican Port
8 The Wobblies of the North Woods: Finnish Labor Radicalism and the IWW in Northern Ontario
9 “We Must Do Away with Radical Prejudice and Imaginary Boundary Lines”: British Columbia’s Wobblies before the First World War
10 Wobblies Down Under: The IWW in Australia
11 Ki Nga Kaimahi Maori (“To All Maori Workers”): The New Zealand IWW and the Maori
12 Patrick Hodgens Hickey and the IWW: A Transnational Relationship
13 “The Cause of the Workers Who Are Fighting in Spain IS Yours”: The Marine Transport Workers and the Spanish Civil War
14 Edith Frenette: A Transnational Radical Life
 
Part III: Beyond the Union: The IWW’s Influence and Legacies
15 Jim Larkin, James Connolly, and the Dublin Lockout of 1913: The Transnational Path of Global Syndicalism
16 Tom Barker and Revolutionary Europe
17 P.J. Welinder and “American Syndicalism” in Interwar Sweden
18 “All Workers Regardless of Craft, Race Or Color”: The First Wave of IWW Activity and Influence in South Africa
19 Tramp, Tramp, Tramp: The Songs of Joe Hill Around the World
 
Review Quotes
Noam Chomsky
“As a second-generation member of the IWW, I am delighted to see this outstanding collection of essays on the Wobblies, their achievements, and their substantial impact despite severe repression.”
Paul Buhle, co-editor of Wobblies!
"A splendid project and a vitally important contribution to the understanding of labor as a social movement, within but also beyond the limits of contracts and sustained organization. In our century, the lessons of the IWW loom larger than they have for generations."
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