Information from website of the University of Swansea at which Nina held her last position:

Professor Nina Fishman

Specialist Subjects: Modern History, Industrial & Labour History

Dr. Fishman passed away in December 2009

Nina Fishman completed her doctoral thesis, 'The British Communist Party and the Trade Unions, 1933-45: the dilemmas of revolutionary pragmatism' at Birkbeck College, London, under the supervision of Professor Eric Hobsbawm and Dr Jonathan Zeitlin. She taught at the Harrow College of Higher Education, which subsequently merged with the Polytechnic of Central London, and ultimately became the University of Westminster, from 1980. She was Professor of Industrial and Labour History at Westminster from February 2004 until June 2007, after which she became an Honorary Research Professor of the History Department at Swansea.

Professor Fishman served on the editorial board of Labour History Review between 1998 and 2002, on the editorial board of Representation between 1995 and 2003 and on the international editorial board of this journal since 2003, and on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Study of Labour History between 2001 and 2007. She served on the Committee of the Socialist History Society between 2002 and 2005, has been the Society's Secretary since 2005, and has served on the Editorial Advisory Committee of Socialist History since 2004. She has been a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association since 1998.

Current research

Professor Fishman's research interests encompass comparative coalfield history 1860-1960, with reference to Upper Silesia, the Ruhr, South Wales and Durham, 1860-1960; trade union-state relations in Britain, 1945-1974; the development of trade unions in Britain as popular, collective institutions in the twentieth century; relations between communist and social democratic trade union members in Germany,  Britain and Poland, 1920-55; comparative communist history and historiography in Europe; and comparative trade union history in Europe. She is working with Richard Whiting on The Eclipse of Power, British Trade Unions in the Twentieth Century, to be published by I. B. Tauris in 2010.

Selected publications


Book-chapters and journal articles

  • 'Social democracy and class conflict in twentieth century Europe', in John Callaghan and Ilaria Favretto, eds., Transitions in Social Democracy: Cultural and ideological problems of the golden age (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2006)
  • 'Le Partenaire Fidele. La relation du Parti communiste de Grande Bretagne avec le movement syndical britannique', Communisme, 87 (2006), 61-76
  • (with Anita Prazmowska and Holger Heith), 'Winning the Peace: Communists’ role in reconstructing mining trade unions and re-starting the coal industry, 1945-1951. The cases of Edward Gierek. Willi Agatz and Arthur Horner', Science and Society, 70 (2006), 74-97 
  • 'Trade Unions and the Home Front', in Dave Welsh, ed., Fortress Britain: Working Lives and Trade Unions in World War II (London: National Pensioners Convention, London, 2005), 10-15
  • 'A First Revisionist Replies to Her Revisionists', Labour History Review, 69 (2004)
  • 'Striking for Socialism?', Review Essay, Labour History Review, 69 (2004)
  • 'Horner and Hornerism', in A. Campbell, K. Morgan and J. McIlroy, eds., Party People, Communist Lives (London: Lawrence and Wishart, 2001)
  • 'The Phoney Cold War in British Trade Unions', Contemporary British History, 15 (2001)

Selected research awards, fellowships, prizes and honours

  • Trustee of the Aneurin Bevan Foundation (2008- )
  • British Academy Small Research Grant (2007), for research on relations between Conservative governments and the British trade union movement
  • Member of the Judges' Panel for the New Politics Writing Prize, sponsored by the New Statesman and the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust (2003-2005)
  • Research Associate, Institut für Soziale Bewegungen, Haus der Geschichte des Ruhrgebiets, Ruhr-Universitat, Bochum, Germany
  • Trustee, Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust (2001- )
  • Outstanding Academic Book Award (1996), from Choice  - the magazine of the American Library Association, for The British Communist Party and the Trade Unions, 1933-45 
  • Honorary Research Fellow, Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick (1994)
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