Results

The databases of the Global Collaboratory on the History of Labour Relations contain information on worldwide labour relations during five cross-sections in time i.e.: 1500, 1650, 1800, 1900, [Africa: 1950] and 2000. Regional experts from different disciplines participated in this collaboratory, gathering and sharing their data and its critical annotations on this site, in their papers and by means of regular workshops and papers.

Our preliminary results can be divided into various parts, namely into databases, explanations of the databases, the publication of a special issue of the IRSH entitled,  The Joy and Pain of Work. Global Attitudes and Valuations, 1500–1650 edited by Karin Hofmeester and Christine Moll-Murata,  other publications, presentations and spin off projects.

We have Excel and Access databases on labour relations, compiled by our participants on cross sections in time and area of their expertise. Please note that the data in the databases is not simply a copy of the primary source, but involved a process of aggregations, calculations and estimations on the basis of the primary sources in combination with additional sources. The labour relations in the database are encoded. For an explanation of this encoding and the labour relations in general, see the page on labour relations.

The second part of our results is therefore an explanation of this process: the methodological paper. All participants made a methodological paper accompanying their data, to add source critical remarks and explain the steps towards constructing their database. For more information on the methodological papers, see the specific page.

The table below shows which databases are available per area and cross section. By clicking on the area you will link to the specific page, where you can download the area specific databases and methodological papers.

A selection of databases and papers that are not yet published and still in a preliminary stage can be accessed in the personal directories in the members-only area.

PLEASE NOTE:

During 2016, our project pages and data files will be moved to a new platform. All published data is available here. For all the datasets (and accompanying methodological papers listed below, click here.

For an explanation of the Excel/Access database:

Available datasets on global labour relations in the period between 1500 and 2000

Area

1500

1650

1800

1900

1950

2000

WESTERN EUROPE

Italy

 

 

 

Available

 

Available

The Netherlands

 

 

 

Available

 

Available

Spain

 

 

Available

Available

 

Available

Venice

 Available

Available 

Available

 

 

 

EASTERN EUROPE

Russia

Available

Available

Available

Available

 

Available

THE AMERICAS

Argentina

 

 

 

Available

 

Available

Bolivia

 

 

 

Available

 

Available

Brazil

 

Available

Available

 

 

 

United States

 

 

Available

 

 

 

EAST and SOUTHEAST ASIA

Japan

 

 

Available

 

 

Available

China

Available

 

Available

 

 

Available

Taiwan

Available

Available

Available

Available

 

Available

Java (Indonesia)

 

Available

Available

Available

 

 

Ceylon (Sri Lanka)

 

Available

 

 

 

 

AFRICA
South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

Available

 

In the future, we hope to expand this list of databases. Data is currently being collected from various parts of the world, including for instance India (1800-2000), United States (1850-2010), the Lusophone world, the Low Countries/Dutch Republic (1500-1800), the Ottoman Empire, various parts of Africa (1800-2000) and many other regions. Do you feel you could make a meaningful contribution to this list? Please let us know!