Mark Leier

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Mark Leier is a Professor of working class and left-wing history at Simon Fraser University. From 2000 to 2010, he was the director of the Centre for Labour Studies at SFU.

Politically anarchist, Leier's books have mostly reflected on British Columbia's history of labour radicalism. His first book, Where the Fraser River Flows: The Industrial Workers of the World in British Columbia (1990) deals with the development of industrial unionism in the state. Red Flags and Red Tape: The Making of a Labour Bureaucracy (University of Toronto Press) deals with the institutionalization of a non-revolutionary labour movement. In Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden, Revolutionary, Mystic, Labour Spy (1999), Leier examines the life of an Industrial Workers of the World member (or "Wobbly") turned police labour spy. His fourth book, Bakunin: The Creative Passion is a biography and political chronicle of the 19th century Russian anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin.

As part of the Graphic History Collective, he helped produce May Day: A Graphic History of Protest.[1]

A former folk singer, Leier is also known for bringing a banjo to his history classes.[citation needed]

Works[edit]

  • Where the Fraser River Flows: The Industrial Workers of the World in British Columbia. Vancouver: New Star, 1990.
  • Red Flags and Red Tape: The Making of a Labour Bureaucracy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.
  • Rebel Life: The Life and Times of Robert Gosden. Vancouver: New Star, 1999. Rev. Ed., 2013.
  • Bakunin: The Creative Passion. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2009.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "May Day Comic". Graphic History Collective. Graphic History Collective. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ http://catalog.sevenstories.com/products/bakunin Seven Stories Press

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