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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: £80.00
  • Published Date: April 2018
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Europe / General, HISTORY / Social History, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics, Economics, finance, business & management / Economic history, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / European history, Politics, Economic history

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.

Reviews

'The study convincingly situates the co-operative movements of Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and - although less extensively - Norway in the various politics and practices of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).'
Frederik Forrai Ørskov, University of Helsinki, Finland, Scandinavian Journal of History, 2019

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

Author

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

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

By Mary Hilson

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