The Causes of Slavery or Serfdom: A Hypothesis

@article{Domar1970TheCO,
  title={The Causes of Slavery or Serfdom: A Hypothesis},
  author={Evsey D. Domar},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={1970},
  volume={30},
  pages={18 - 32}
}
  • E. Domar
  • Published 1 March 1970
  • History, Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
The purpose of this paper is to present, or more correctly, to revive, a hypothesis regarding the causes of agricultural serfdom or slavery (used here interchangeably). The hypothesis was suggested by Kliuchevsky's description of the Russian experience in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but it aims at a wider applicability. 

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