A Forgotten International: The International Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement Between the Wars--Vol. 1: From Revolutionary Syndicalism to Anarcho-Syndicalism, 1918-1930; Vol. 2: International Anarcho-Syndicalism during the Great Depression and the Rise of Fascism, 1930-1939.

Author:Roublev, Dmitri I.
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V.V. Damye, A Forgotten International: The International Anarcho-Syndicalist Movement Between the Wars--Vol. 1: From Revolutionary Syndicalism to Anarcho-Syndicalism, 1918-1930; Vol. 2: International Anarcho-Syndicalism during the Great Depression and the Rise of Fascism, 1930-1939.

NLO Editions, Moscow, 2006 & 2007, 904 & 736 pp., illustrated

Damye's book is the first attempt at a general history of the IWMA (International Working-Men's Association), the international organisation of anarcho-syndicalist unions. The focus of the study is the origins of the IWMA, its influence, its role in the international labour movement and the ideological debates which took place within it. The author uses a periodisation which is based on the internal processes of the IWMA and also linked to the global dynamics of socio-economic and political developments, as well as to important moments in the history of the anarcho-syndicalism movement.

The first period (1918-1923) is characterised by a revolutionary wave and the aggravation of social antagonisms around the world as a consequence of the First World War. According to Damye, this period comes to an end with the organisational creation of an international anarcho-syndicalist movement, namely the founding of the IWMA at the congress of anarcho-syndicalist trade unions in Berlin (25 December 1922-2 January 1923). The second period (1923-1931) is characterised by a downturn in the revolutionary wave caused by political and socio-economic stabilisation around the world. The period ends with...

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