Wilson Institute for Canadian History

Mikhail Bjorge

Mikhail Bjorge teaches at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. Holding a PhD from Queen’s University, he is primarily interested in the transnational nature of capitalism and writes broadly on work, workers, and colonial economics.

Mikhail’s forthcoming book with the University of Toronto Press, The Workers War: Economic Democracy in Canada’s Industrial Homefront, 1939-1945, explores industrial unrest during the Second World War. With a particular focus on women, racialized minorities, and indigenous peoples, the study traces the diversity of shop floor militancy and working-class opposition to capitalism before the rise of the bureaucratic labour relations regime we know today.

Mikhail’s ongoing research projects include the internment operations of the First World War, the Edmonton General Strike, and the intrinsic relationship between enclosure and colonialism. Additionally, he is the co-organizer of an upcoming conference, Labour and the Canadian Carceral State. The conference proceedings will serve as the basis of an edited collection that will advance a more rich and multifaceted understanding of the intersections of labour and carcerality in Canada.


“No Model Minority: Tear Gas, Bayonets, Strikes, Resistance, Riot, and Struggle in Japanese Internment Camps.” In Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies, Rhonda L. Hinther and Jim Mochoruk, eds., Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2020.


“Anti-Foreign Strikes and the Patriotic Shield: Direct Action, Canadian Workers, and the Struggle Against the Employment of “Enemy Aliens” in WWII.” In Fighting with the Empire: Canada, Britain, and Global Conflict, 1867-1947, Steven Marti and William Pratt, eds., Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2019.


“‘They Shall Not Die!’ Anarchists, Syndicalists, Communists, and the Sacco and Vanzetti Solidarity Campaign in Canada,” Labour/Le Travail 75 (Spring 2015): 43–73.