This book deals with a research topic that has become highly politicized since the Trump presidency in the United States and the rise of strong nationalist and right-wing populist movements in Europe: the social and political upheaval linked to what is commonly described or named as the deindustrialization of the advanced capitalist countries in the West after 1970. Historians have been—by profession—shy to engage in debates on the present crises of Western democracies or the decline of organized labor due to the dismantling of large sectors of traditional industries “in the Western Industrialized World” (as this book calls western Europe and North America). But attitudes changed under the impact of present political conflicts. Today the door is open to innovative empirical research looking back to the last decades of the twentieth century and searching for the long-term consequences of the decrease of jobs in industry, mass unemployment, and increasing social...

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