<i>Knights Across the Atlantic: The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland</i> by Steven Parfitt

(A Book Review)


György Tóth's review of Steven Parfitt's Knights Across the Atlantic: The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland. Studies in Labour History, 7. Liverpool
University Press, 2016.


The Knights of Labor; American Exceptionalism; craft unionism; labor; new unionism; Steven Parfitt; book review

Parfitt, Steven. Knights Across the Atlantic: The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland. Studies in Labour History, 7. Liverpool University Press, 2016.

Published : 2019-09-09

TóthG. (2019). <i>Knights Across the Atlantic: The Knights of Labor in Britain and Ireland</i&gt; by Steven Parfitt. Review of International American Studies, 12(1), 151-156. https://doi.org/10.31261/rias.7781

György Tóth  gyorgy.toth@stir.ac.uk
University of Stirling  United Kingdom

I earned my Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies from The University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA, in 2012. I also hold MAs in American Studies and English Language and Literature from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, and The University of Iowa.

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, where I witnessed the historic transition of the Eastern Bloc to democracy and capitalism in 1989-1991. As part of my Master's programme in American Studies, I held a Kellner Scholarship to Bard College, New York, where I witnessed the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the U.S. response. In 2004, the same year that Hungary joined the European Union, I moved to the U.S. Midwestern state of Iowa to study for a PhD. During my years there I witnessed the re-election of George W. Bush to the presidency, the campaign that made Barack Obama president of the United States, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state. While in Iowa, I was fortunate to receive training and work experience not only in the usual academic duties, but also in archival management and international education. In 2012, I attained the position of assistant professor at the Department of American Studies at Charles University in Prague, Czechia, where I continued cultivating my European identity. Since the autumn of 2014 I have been Lecturer of post-1945 U.S. History and Transatlantic Relations at the division of History, Politics and Heritage of the University of Stirling. Here I have witnessed the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, and the Brexit referendum and the Scottish response. I have been exploring Scotland's places and history as a vantage point for understanding transatlantic relations and the dynamics of U.S. culture in Europe.

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

The Copyright Holder of the submitted text is the Author. The Reader is granted the rights to use the material available in the RIAS websites and pdf documents under the provisions of the Creative CommonsAttribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-SA 4.0). Any commercial use requires separate written agreement with the Author and a proper credit line indicating the source of the original publication in RIAS.

  1. License

The University of Silesia Press provides immediate open access to journal’s content under the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Authors who publish with this journal retain all copyrights and agree to the terms of the above-mentioned CC BY 4.0 license.

  1. Author’s Warranties

The author warrants that the article is original, written by stated author/s, has not been published before, contains no unlawful statements, does not infringe the rights of others, is subject to copyright that is vested exclusively in the author and free of any third party rights, and that any necessary written permissions to quote from other sources have been obtained by the author/s.

If the article contains illustrative material (drawings, photos, graphs, maps), the author declares that the said works are of his authorship, they do not infringe the rights of the third party (including personal rights, i.a. the authorization to reproduce physical likeness) and the author holds exclusive proprietary copyrights. The author publishes the above works as part of the article under the licence "Creative Commons Attribution - By the same conditions 4.0 International".

ATTENTION! When the legal situation of the illustrative material has not been determined and the necessary consent has not been granted by the proprietary copyrights holders, the submitted material will not be accepted for editorial process. At the same time the author takes full responsibility for providing false data (this also regards covering the costs incurred by the University of Silesia Press and financial claims of the third party).

  1. User Rights

Under the Creative Commons Attribution license, the users are free to share (copy, distribute and transmit the contribution) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) the article for any purpose, provided they attribute the contribution in the manner specified by the author or licensor.

  1. Co-Authorship

If the article was prepared jointly with other authors, the signatory of this form warrants that he/she has been authorized by all co-authors to sign this agreement on their behalf, and agrees to inform his/her co-authors of the terms of this agreement.

I hereby declare that in the event of withdrawal of the text from the publishing process or submitting it to another publisher without agreement from the editorial office, I agree to cover all costs incurred by the University of Silesia in connection with my application.