Serfdom and slavery: studies in legal bondage
Case studies examine the establishment of slavery in Ancient Greece; domestic slavery in Roman society; emancipation in Byzantium; attitudes towards serfdom in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England; subject farmers in early modern Brandenburg-Prussia and Poland; the rural order in Tsarist Russia; and the emancipation of the Russian peasantry. There are also comparative studies of serfdom in medieval and modern Europe, of slave emancipations in modern times, and of slavery in the New and Old Worlds. The contributors (from Britain and America, with a welcome guest from St Petersburg) are highly distinguished; the contributions are rich with both information and insight; and the book as a whole makes an important contribution to our understanding of a subject which, even at the turn of a new millennium, is still far from being "just history".
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The origin and establishment of Ancient Greek slavery
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