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The International Review of Social History (IRSH) is one of the leading journals in the field of social history, more in particular the history of work, workers, and labour relations, defined in the broadest possible sense, including workers’ struggles, organizations, and associated social, cultural, and political movements, both in the modern and the early modern periods, and across periods.
The IRSH aims to be truly global in scope and stresses the need for a comparative perspective that acknowledges the interrelationship of historical change and the phenomena and factors underlying that change. We welcome submissions from all over the world that deal with the social history of work, workers, and labour relations, explored on a local, regional, national, or transnational level, but always with an eye to how they contribute to a better understanding of what constitutes global labour history.
Areas covered include the life and work of slaves, wage labourers, artisans, peasants, and the self-employed; related issues of class, gender, age, and race and ethnicity; social, cultural, and political movements, including the intellectual ideas that played a part in those movements; citizenship; theoretical and methodological issues; and the environment and ecology in relation to the social.
Submissions that fall within this range of themes and topics in the field of social history of work and workers are welcomed, particularly those providing a comparative, transnational, or transcontinental perspective.
• Authoritative research articles
• Suggestions and debates: topical essays open for discussion
• Review essays
• Book reviews, covering recently published books of interest to all social historians
• Bibliography providing brief summaries of more than 300 new books annually
• Abstracts in English, French, German and Spanish
• Annual Special Issue addressing themes of immediate interest, compiled by guest editors.
The International Review of Social History is published for the IISH by Cambridge University Press.
• IRSH is full text available on-line to subscribers on the Cambridge U.P. website
• IRSH volumes as of 1956 are indexed in Labour History Serials Service
• View table of contents for contents of all volumes with summaries of articles and full text of bibliography (as of 1992)
If you are interested in submitting an article, please contact the staff and follow the instructions for contributors.
For subscriptions contact Cambridge University Press.