Forget about empire and slavery. This is about elites who exploit their own people.
A few examples for starters :
- Many rank and file Roman soldiers came back from fighting the Punic wars against Carthage to discover their farms had been 'confiscated' by members of the Senate
- The 19th Century Highland Clearances which removed the troublesome peasantry so that more profitable Sheep-farming could replace them.
- Recent Genetic evidence of the Medieval Aristocratic Elites contribution to the gene-pool of modern Europeans indicating that they very much 'owned' their serfs (or at least, the pretty ones)
Droit du seigneur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Highland Clearances - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
any more examples ?