Unfree labor : American slavery and Russian serfdom (Book, 1987) [WorldCat.org]
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Unfree labor : American slavery and Russian serfdom

Author: Peter Kolchin
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1987.
Series: ACLS Humanities e-book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Kolchin compares the world of masters and the world of slaves in U.S. and Russian nonfree labor systems. He theorizes that while southern states in the U.S. existed as slaveowner's communities, the rural Russian communal landcape was severely influenced by the bargaining power of peasant bondsmen.

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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kolchin, Peter.
Unfree labor.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1987
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Kolchin
ISBN: 067492097X 9780674920972 0674920988 9780674920989
OCLC Number: 13792003
Awards: Bancroft Prize, 1988.
Description: xiv, 517 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Planters, Pomeshchiki, and paternalism.-Ideals and ideology.-Patterns of resistance.-Protest, unity, and disunity.-Crisis of unfree labor.
Series Title: ACLS Humanities e-book.
Responsibility: Peter Kolchin.


The American enslavement of blacks and the Russian subjection of serfs flourished in different ways and varying degrees until legally abolished in the mid-19th century. Kolchin compares and contrasts  Read more...


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Comparative history is a tricky business and Unfree Labor succeeds where many previous ventures into this genre have failed. -- Richard S. Dunn * Times Literary Supplement * A learned and Read more...

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