The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences

The Liberation of the Serfs

The Economics of Unfree Labor

Editors: Backhaus, Jürgen Georg (Ed.)

  • Develops the hypothesis that slave labor will never be efficient, therefore causing its own elimination
  • Includes contributions from international academics which examine unfree labor from an economic perspective
  • Places slavery in a broader context outside of the United States South including examples from Europe and South America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
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In Europe, the liberation of the serfs was a project initiated in 1806 with a scheduled completion date of 1810. It was obvious to those who planned the project that the liberation of the serfs involved a complete overhaul of agriculture as it was then known as Europe moved from feudalism to capitalism. For this reason, Prussia was careful in implementing the reform, and did not rush, after seeing the Kingdom of Westphalia perishing under its crushing debt accumulated in part from Napoleon’s failed Russian campaign.

 

The basic hypothesis of this book is that slave labor can never be efficient and will therefore disappear by itself. However, this process of disappearance can take many years. For instance, two generations after the importation of slaves to North America had ended, the states still fought over the issue, and this despite the fact that Ely Whitney had invented the Cotton Gin in 1793 and already then made slavery in cotton production literally superfluous.  While there have been several books on the economics of American slavery, few studies have examined this issue in an international context.  The contributions in this book address the economics of unfree labor in places like Prussia, Westphalia, Austria, Argentina and the British Empire.  The issue of slavery is still a hotly debated and widely studied issue, making this book of interest to academics in history, economics and African Studies alike.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Backhaus, Jürgen Georg

    Pages 1-2

  • Sold Soldiers

    Backhaus, Jürgen Georg

    Pages 3-6

  • The Brandenburg Triangle

    Scheuerer, Gerhard

    Pages 7-14

  • Some Short Thoughts on “The Economics of Slavery”

    Straubhaar, Thomas

    Pages 15-18

  • Emancipation of the Peasantry in Lower Austria: The Economists’ Views, the Role of the Estates, and the Revolution of 1848

    Chaloupek, Günther

    Pages 19-31

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Liberation of the Serfs
Book Subtitle
The Economics of Unfree Labor
Editors
  • Jürgen Georg Backhaus
Series Title
The European Heritage in Economics and the Social Sciences
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-0085-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-0085-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-0084-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-9269-7
Series ISSN
1572-1744
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 76
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