People have spun yarn and woven fabrics through thousands of years. It was a production which was predominantly carried out as homework or crafts. During the 1700s, though, a revolutionary process was started in England: work became concentrated in large units, equipped with machines powered at first by water wheels and later by steam engines. The industrial form of production spread from England to the European mainland and from there eventually to the rest of the world.
I have just published a book on the great lockout in 1899, which ended with the so-called September Compromise. This has formed the basis for industrial relations on the Danish labour market ever since. Unfortunately, the book has not (yet) been translated into english. But if you understand Danish, you can find more information on … Read more