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The International Co-operative Alliance and the consumer co-operative movement in northern Europe, c. 1860-1939

By Mary Hilson

The International Co-operative Alliance and the consumer co-operative movement in northern Europe, c. 1860-1939

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0080-1
  • Pages: 208
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £75.00
  • Published Date: April 2018
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Society & social sciences / Politics & government

Description

The book examines the history of co-operation in the broad context of the history of consumerism and consumption; of internationalism and the development of international organisations; and debates about international trade during the inter-war period. The fundamental question explored in the book concerns the meaning of co-operation. Was it a social movement or an economic enterprise? Did it aspire to challenge capitalism or to reform it? Did it contain at its heart a political vision for the transformation of society or was it simply a practical guide for organising a business? Hilson argues that it was both, but that an examination of the debates over the different meanings of co-operation can also illuminate broader questions about the emergence of consumer interests in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in a transnational context.

Author

Mary Hilson is Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at Aarhus University

Contents

Introduction: a transnational approach to co-operative history
1 Co-operation in the Nordic countries before 1914: international networks and the transmission of ideas
2 Co-operative internationalism in practice: the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) before and after the First World War
3 The politics of international co-operation: neutrality and crisis
4 Nordisk Andelsforbund (NAF), co-operative trade and Nordic co-operation during the interwar period
5 Co-operation and the emergence of the Nordic 'middle way'
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

The International Co-operative Alliance and the consumer co-operative movement in northern Europe, c. 1860-1939

By Mary Hilson

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