CFP: World War and Resistance

jahrbuchCall for Papers:
World War and Resistance – Labour and Social Movements in the Great War

Call for contributions to a special issue of the “JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung” (“Yearbook on Labour

The impacts of World War I as “Urkatastrophe” of the 20th century on politics, culture and society up to thepresent are beyond dispute and have inspired much treatmenti n historical research and scholarly debates. Nevertheless, some aspects have gained less attention in current research, for example the role of social movements such as labour movements and women’smovements before, during and after the war.

A special issue of the “Jahrbuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung” will focus on this wide array of both organized and spontaneous activities, covering strikes and demonstrations as well as parliamentary obstruction, oppositional press and everyday resistance.
The issue will be publishedin May 2014 and the editors look for contributions that cover organized groups such as parties and unions as well as non-organized forms of resistance. Since the controversy about the war divided labour movements and social movements in almost every country involved, thisissue also wants to address research on anti-war activities that were directed against the traditional forms of organized labour.

In addition, the editors are alsointerested in essays focusing on affirmative and pro-war activities of former oppositional movements and contributions analyzing the mechanisms of integration. Setting the focus on work and labour, contributions about the changing industrial relations in a war economy are also welcome. Those might include the new role of female labour, regimes of forced labour and new forms of state intervention and economic planning.

The special issue of the “JahrBuch” wants to encourage dialogue between different methods, includingpolitical and social history, gender studies, and local as well as global history.

The editors ask all interested contributors to submit abstracts (max.
400 words), the final contributions should not exceed 6000 words. Deadline for the abstracts is September 30th, 2013, the final essays are due December 31st, 2013.

Texts and abstracts will be accepted in German or English, the final publication will be in German. Costs of translation are covered by the journal. All contributions should consist of original research not published (in German language) before. A style sheet is available upon request.

The “JahrBuch für Forschungen zur Geschichte der Arbeiterbewegung” is a German-language tri-annualscholarly journal, founded in 2002 and based in Berlin.

Contact via Axel Weipert, editor:



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