The editors of French Historical Studies seek articles for a special issue on labor in France and the Francophone world in global perspective, to appear in 2024.

Since the turn of the new millennium, a new global history of labor has emerged that focuses on the relationship between structures and practices of labor from at least medieval times to the present day. However, most French historians of labor continue to focus on the Hexagon and to underestimate wider European and global connections and comparisons. Similarly, specialists of slavery and postslavery in the French colonies rarely extend their analyses to other empires or to labor history in France. This special issue seeks to bridge these gaps by inviting submissions relating labor in mainland France to labor in its colonies and/or other areas, from the early modern to the present day.

Potential themes that lend themselves to comparative or global approaches include...

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