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Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership

 
 
Author
Andro Linklater.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9781408815748
Pages/Publication Date 482/2013
Daedalus Item Code 60274
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Barely two centuries ago, most of the world's productive land was held communally or else belonged to a monarch or church. But that pattern, and the ways of life that went with it, have been overturned by the idea of individual ownership of land. This system has displaced whole peoples from their homelands and institutionalized the concepts of individual freedom and representative government, while in other great civilizations—Russia, China, and the Islamic world, for example—different structures of landholding evolved, and thus different forms of government. Andro Linklater here presents the evolution of land ownership to offer a radically new view of mankind's place on the planet.

"A sweeping history of land ownership is the final work of a master.... Linklater's loss is felt all the more keenly because in Owning the Earth he has written a beautifully measured and extremely important book on the idea that 'one person could own part of the Earth exclusively'."—Sunday Telegraph (London)

"His intellectual range is as wide as his geographic or temporal range, spanning from Hobbes to Greenspan and including philosophers, politicians, religious figures and academics; an extensive notes section and bibliography allow readers to further pursue his source ideas. By focusing on land ownership, the emphasis in historical interpretation shifts from economics to politics, giving a much different perspective. This reinterpretation of global history will give readers of history, politics, and economics much to think about."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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