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Author Bush, M. L.

Title Servitude in modern times / M.L. Bush
Published Cambridge : Polity, 2000


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Description xii, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Series Themes in history
Themes in history (Polity Press)
Contents pt. I. The Forms of Legal Bondage. 1. Servitude Comparatively Considered. 2. Modern Slavery. 3. Modern Serfdom. 4. Indentured Service. 5. Debt Bondage. 6. Penal Servitude -- pt. II. Emergence and Development. 7. White Servitude in the Americas. 8. New World Slavery. 9. European Serfdom. 10. Islamic Slavery -- pt. III. Emancipation and After. 11. Abolition in Europe and the Americas. 12. The Survival of Servitude. Conclusion: The Significance of Modern Servitude
Summary "Servitude in Modern Times concentrates on the forms of servitude that figured in the process of early modernization. M. L. Bush argues against the standard, neo-abolitionist view that the servile were powerless victims, proposing that, in most cases, they ingeniously succeeded in acquiring rights and liberties. He shows how servitude contributed to the modernizing process by compensating for the shortage of waged labour which was frequently encountered by early capitalism. In this respect the book challenges the progressiveness with which modernization has normally been depicted." "Servitude in Modern Times will be of great interest to students and scholars in history, politics and sociology, as well as to a general public horrified by man's inhumanity to man."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Slavery -- History.
Forced labor -- History.
Serfdom -- History.
Indentured servants -- History.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 00035645
ISBN 0745617298 :
0745617301 paperback