The Making of the Swedish Reformist Working Class
By Jenny Jansson
Uppsala University Press
Distributed by Coronet Books
$82.50 Paper original
The 1910s were a precarious time for the labor movement. The Russian Revolution in 1917 sparked a trend towards radicalization among labor organizations and communist organizations spread all over Europe. These organizations challenged existing notions of the "worker," causing an identity crisis in class organizations . Suddenly, there were not only workers, but different kinds of workers, promoting not only social democracy and syndicalism but also communism. The labor movement became fragmented. This was very much the case in Sweden. However, despite the conflict situation during the interwar period, the Swedish workers were integrated into a strong cohesive labor movement, united under the banner of reformism which, in turn, paved the way for a strong social democracy.
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