Abuse of Dominance

Abuse of Dominance

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Vending of common salt (sodium chloride) was historically a natural monopoly. Until recently, a combination of strong sunshine and low humidity or an extension of peat marshes was necessary for producing salt from the sea, the most plentiful source. Changing sea levels periodically caused salt "famines" and communities were forced to depend upon those who controlled the scarce inland mines and salt springs, which were often in hostile areas (e.g. the Sahara desert) requiring well-organised security for transport, storage, and distribution. The "Gabelle," a notoriously high tax levied upon salt, had a role in the beginning of the French Revolution, when strict legal controls specified who was allowed to sell and distribute salt.show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 5mm | 136g
  • The
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 6136258544
  • 9786136258546