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Strike
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1. Concept and research: Stoppage and strike

The word “strike” was first used to denote a work stoppage in London in the mid-18th century, when sailors expressed solidarity with public demonstrations by “striking” (i.e. taking down) the topgallant sails of merchantmen in port. German borrowed the English word as Streich (also referencing the verb streichen, “to withdraw” [labor]) in the 1860s. In both c…

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Reith, Reinhold, “Strike”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_016984>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208



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