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American Labor's Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War (Hardback)
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American Labor's Global Ambassadors: The International History of the AFL-CIO during the Cold War (Hardback)

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Hardback 302 Pages / Published: 19/11/2013
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After World War II, the AFL-CIO pursued an ambitious agenda of containing global communism and helping to throw off the shackles of colonialism. This sweeping collection brings together contributions from leading historians to explore its successes, challenges, and inevitable compromises as it pursued these initiatives during the Cold War.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137360212
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 603 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


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"The role of labor unions in the formulation of U.S. foreign relations is an important topic that has recently gained the attention of scholars seeking to record a comprehensive understanding of international relations history. Based on copious research, these essays expertly probe the influence of the AFL-CIO in shaping U.S. foreign policy at a critical time in U.S. and world history. The scholarship presented here deserves the attention of historians of U.S. diplomacy and organized labor, as well as of the several regions around the world where labor exerted influence." - Peter Hahn, Professor of History, The Ohio State University, USA, and author of Missions Accomplished?: The United States and Iraq since World War I (2011)

"American Labor's Global Ambassadors is the book that we have been waiting for. Cold War studies have been well established over the last decades, studies of the global Cold War have fared well, but the global labor Cold War - engulfing Asia, Africa, and Latin America aside from Europe - has been neglected. The finely crafted articles in this book, written by a cohort of scholars as well as activists, and based on previously unused labor archives, fill this lacuna." - Daniela Spenser, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social, Mexico

"Interestingly enough, the American trade union movement played a major worldwide role during the Cold War. Sometimes it behaved like an ambassador; at other times its behavior was not very diplomatic, somewhere between heavy-handed and subtle. This thorough study covers all continents and is innovative, reliable, and a sine qua non for understanding Cold War politics and international trade unionism." - Bob Reinalda, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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