American Labour's Cold War Abroad
From Deep Freeze to Detente, 1945-1970
- PUBLISHED: October 2018
- SUBJECT LISTING: History / American History, Politics
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 504 Pages, 6.5 x 9.5 in, 10 illus.
- ISBN: 9781771992114
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.
Authors & Contributors
Anthony Carew is a lifelong trade unionist and is currently an honorary visiting reader in international labour studies in the Alliance Manchester Business School at the University of Manchester. Widely published, his books include Labour Under the Marshall Plan, The Lower Deck of the Royal Navy 1900‑1939 and The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
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