By Ralph Darlington
During the 1st 20 years of the 20 th century, amidst a unprecedented overseas upsurge in strike motion, the tips of innovative syndicalism constructed right into a significant impression in the around the globe alternate union circulate. dedicated to destroying capitalism via direct business motion and progressive exchange union fight, the move raised primary questions on the necessity for brand new and democratic types of energy in which staff might jointly deal with and society.
This examine offers an all-embracing comparative research of the dynamics and trajectory of the syndicalist flow in six particular international locations: France, Spain, Italy, the US, Britain and eire. this can be accomplished via an exam of the philosophy of syndicalism and the various kinds that syndicalist businesses assumed; the particular fiscal, social and political context during which they emerged; the level to which syndicalism stimulated wider politics; and the explanations for its next demise.
The quantity additionally presents the 1st ever systematic exam of the connection among syndicalism and communism, concentrating on the ideological and political conversion to communism undertaken through a few of the syndicalist movement's prime figures and the measure of synthesis among the 2 traditions in the new communist events that emerged within the early 1920s.