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American Labour’s Cold War Abroad

From Deep Freeze to Détente, 1945-1970

Carew presents a lively and clear account of what has largely been an unknown dimension of the Cold War. In impressive detail, Carew maps the international programs of the American Federation of Labour–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) during the Cold War and its relations with labour organizations abroad, in addition to providing a summary of the labour situation of a dozen or more countries including Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Greece, and India. American Labour’s Cold War Abroad reveals how the Cold War compelled trade unionists to reflect on the role of unions in a free society. Yet there was to be no meeting of minds on this, and at the end of the 1960s the AFL–CIO broke with the mainstream of the international labour movement to pursue its own crusade against communism.

504 pages

Table of Contents





1 Facing the Future—Labour’s World in 1945

2 Building Labour’s Anti-communist Opposition in Europe

3 For Multilateralism of “Independent Activities”?

4 The AFL and CIO Abroad: From Rivalry to Merger

5 A Wedding Without a Honeymoon

6 Into the 1960s: Claiming a Second ICFTU Scalp

7 Who Speaks for American Labour?

8 Towards an Independent Role

9 Au Revoir Becomes Adieu

10 Conclusion: The “Cold War” Within the Cold War

Abbreviations used in References


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