It is great anyway when a volume you have contributed to finally gets published. In this case the Handbook Global History of Work edited by Marcel van der Linden and Karin Hofmeester is concerned. I wrote an article about administrative personnel over five centuries and across the globe, thereby learning a lot and leaving out a lot of things that would have been important. The publisher wrote a press release that rather flatters me (in the last paragraph):
“De Gruyter is pleased to announce the publication of the new standard reference work for historians, “Handbook Global History of Work”. The 600-page work, edited by Marcel van der Linden and Karin Hofmeester of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam, provides insight to various aspects of work in a global and long-term context. Topics include penal and slave labor as well as salaried work, economic migration, textile workers, labor organizations, strikes and worker motivation. This first handbook of the global history of work contains contributions from the most respected researchers in the field.
Coffee from East Africa, wine from California and chocolate from Côte d’Ivoire: all of these products that many of us consume regularly are based on labor processes – often under inhuman conditions – but always based on a combination of various work processes which are often unfamiliar. What are the daily routines of workers in different parts of the world, and how have they changed over time? What do contemporary work processes look like, and what were they like in the past s? These, and many other questions are the subject of the global history of work – a relatively new discipline, which is presented in this handbook which not only provides an overview of research findings, but which also seeks to be the basis of further research. […]
Some of the finest researchers in the field have contributed to this work: Jan Lucassen (salaried employment), Eileen Boris (domestic work), Bill Freund (Sub-Saharan-Africa), Therese Garstenauer (administrative personnel), Ad Knotter (mining), Patrick Manning (slave labor) und Susan Zimmermann (Eastern Europe).”