JOURNAL [+PDF] Lucien van der Walt, 2001, “Revolutionärer Syndikalismus, Rasse und Klasse in Südafrika: die ‘International Socialist League’ und die ‘Industrial Workers of Africa’ 1915 bis 1920”, Archiv für die Geschichte des Widerstandes und der Arbeit, number 16, (Germany), pp. 213-246.

This article appeared in German in the Archiv für die Geschichte des Widerstandes und der Arbeit (AGWA), of which more can be read here.

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REPORT: van der Walt, 2012, "Anarchism’s historical role: a global view"

T.W. Thibedi, syndicalist militant of the International Socialist League and the Industrial Workers of Africa

It discusses South African revolutionary syndicalism, with particular reference to the International Socialist League (a syndicalist political group, later merged into the Communist Party of South Africa), and the Industrial Workers of Africa (a syndicalist union amongst black Africans – and the first black African trade union in the country).  The latter body later merged into the semi-syndicalist Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union of Africa (ICU),  which was a mass movement in the 1920s, not just in South Africa but in neighbouring colonies as well.

Lucien van der Walt, 2001, “Revolutionärer Syndikalismus, Rasse und Klasse in Südafrika: die ‘International Socialist League’ und die ‘Industrial Workers of Africa’ 1915 bis 1920”, Archiv für die Geschichte des Widerstandes und der Arbeit, number 16, (Germany), pp. 213-246.

About Lucien van der Walt
I teach at Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape. I’m South African, born and bred. I am currently also involved in union education and have a background in social movement and left-wing activism, the Workers’ Library and Museum, the Anti-Privatisation Forum, and the National Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU). I’ve presented papers at more than 120 conferences and workshops, published in key journals like 'Capital and Class' and 'Labor History', have co-edited 3 journal specials (these on global labour history, African labour, and unions in the Global South), and written well over 130 other articles, papers and entries. I was Southern Africa editor for the 2009 'International Encyclopaedia of Revolution and Protest' (Blackwell). My focus has been on South Africa, but I have also done research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. I won the 2008 international 'Labor History' thesis prize, and the 2008/2009 Council for the Development of Social Science Research prize for best African dissertation, for my PhD thesis on South African anarchism, syndicalism and black militants. I have several books, including 'Negro e Vermelho: anarquismo, sindicalismo revolucionário e pessoas de cor na África Meridional nas décadas de 1880-1920,' 'Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940: the praxis of national liberation, internationalism, and social revolution' (co-edited with Steve Hirsch, Brill, 2010/ 2014) and 'Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism' (co-written with Michael Schmidt, AK Press 2009).

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