The aim of this course is to introduce students to the latest methodological and theoretical developments in the field of labor history. Over the past decades, labor history established itself as one of the more innovative sub-fields of social history, reaching across disciplinary borders into the neighboring domains of anthropology and historical sociology and expanding its geographical scope beyond the traditional concern with the industrialized countries of the West. By focusing on the lives of working people, on types of work and labor movements, this scholarship seeks to illuminate larger processes of social and economic change, as well as the historical dynamics that structure politics and culture: industrialization, the expansion of urban landscapes, the transformation of the countryside, environmental change, social unrest and economic growth. The course is organized thematically, with each class examining one of the master concepts of the field: coerced labor, proletarianization, commodification, factory work, convict labor, household work etc. The selected readings are juxtaposed to cover Eastern Europe and Eurasia as well as other regions of the globe. Students are highly encouraged to engage in comparisons and to think of Eastern European topics in labor history as reflecting (and interacting with) wider global trajectories. Each class is accompanied by an abstract and a set of three questions, the purpose of which is to assist students in reading and discussing the assigned texts. The abstract provides a brief historiographical background for the texts, while the questions serve as guideline for engaging critically with the readings and as starting point for class discussion.