Stefano Belluci and Andreas Eckert's recent publication, General Labour History of Africa, is a timely contribution to African labor history. James Curry, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer LTD, copublished the edited book with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to mark the centenary of the organization's founding in 1919. Belluci is a senior researcher at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam while Eckert is the director of the International Research Center for Work and the Human Life Cycle in Global History, known as “Re:Work,” at Humboldt University in Berlin.

The massive tome is an encyclopedic compendium of twenty-two chapters that give broad overviews of major themes in African labor history. The chapters are segregated under six general themes that cover the topics “Free and Unfree Labour,” “Key Sectors,” “International Dimensions and Mobility,” “Varieties of Work,” “Entrepreneurs and Self-Employment,” and “The State, Unions and Welfare.” General Labour History...

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