Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus takes a look at four new books for an ecosocialist bookshelf.
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World
Joshua B Freeman
WW Norton, 2018
The factory revolution has transformed human life and the environment. Freeman traces factory history from the textile mills in England to today’s sweatshops that make sneakers, toys and mobile phones in China and Vietnam, and shows how protest movements won workers’ rights and protections that are taken for granted today. A magisterial work on factories and the people whose labour made them run.