de Alessandro Stanziani, New York- Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2014, 268 p.
For the first time, this book provides the global history of labor in Central Eurasia, Russia, Europe and the Indian Ocean between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries. It contests common views on free and unfree labor and shows that Russian peasants were much less bound and “unfree” than usually held. On the other hand, in most “Western” countries labor was similar to service, and wage conditions resembled those of domestic servants. This gave rise to extreme forms of dependency in the colonies, not only under slavery, but also afterwards in forms of indenture labor in the Indian Ocean and obligatory labor in Africa. Lire la suite