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A British View of American Strikes

Political Contention

A review of "Strikes in the United States 1881-1974" by P.K. Edwards. The book attempts to explain how and why the American strike picture has been altered during the enormous industrial and institutional changes of the past century. The review applauds the book for bringing more qualitative details into the study of strikes, but critiques its simple and sometimes unorthodox statistical methods. They argue that the author disputes previous work but does adequately show how his new theories are different from previous studies.