Conducts research and collects data on the global history of labour, workers, and labour relations

Images of aspiration

This book draws on pictorial images to illustrate what 'social movements' are. All these illustrations come from the International Institute of Social History that has actively acquired materials relating to social history ever since it was founded in 1935.

Social movements everywhere share the same basic aims: emancipation, social freedom, and an improvement in conditions. The famous poster of Che Guevara, which has been pinned up in millions of student rooms across the world, is more than just a photograph of a man wearing a cap. It has become an icon and thereby plays a role in the struggle; it has become a means of acquiring or acknowledging an identity.