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IV Interaction or Imposition, 37 Slavery

Seymour Drescher, Paul Finkelman

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 June 2023

World War I to World War II — Since World War II — Enslavement and forced labour — Human rights — Mixed Claims Commissions
Slavery is one of the oldest known human institutions. Evidence of it is found in archaeological sites and in ancient legal records. With a few minor exceptions, slavery has existed throughout the world, in all cultures and societies. Virtually all ancient legal codes, including the Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Roman, and biblical, defined and justified slavery. Only in the 18th and 19th centuries—after more than four millennia of known human history—did slavery come under sustained juridical and political attack. Although the substance of slavery has varied from...
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