- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; 1 edition (November 12, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620402890
- ISBN-13: 978-1620402894
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership 1st Edition
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In this careful, comprehensive historical study, Linklater (Measuring America, 2002) reviews centuries of expansion and settlement to explore how the ownership of land has negatively affected society. From the sixteenth-century assertions of British rights to survey and collect rent in St. John’s, Newfoundland (wryly characterized as “absurd” by the author); to more prosaic discussions of fences and mapping; and up to a bracing review of Che Guevara’s fight for land redistribution, Owning the Earth casts a wide net over the subject of property. Linklater discusses politics, agriculture, colonialism, slavery, democracy, communism, and even intellectual property. His geographic view is wide, including North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, China, and the Middle East. Linklater’s shifting narrative can, on occasion, be dizzying or dense, but the subject matter is so important and his dedication so thorough that this singular work should be welcomed by all readers interested in land-use history and future global concerns. --Colleen Mondor
“The dilemma of liberty and ownership takes center stage in polymath Andro Linklater's exhilarating Owning the Earth…[It] is a magnificent achievement, a fascinating survey of what it has meant at various times to own or take possession of land, and of how landowning has shaped the way we perceive the world and our place in it…There is something almost boyish about the execution and energy of this book, the way it races on makes the reader feel as if transported on a Phileas Foggian adventure through the history of ideas.” ―Wall Street Journal
“[A] masterly work...[Linklater's] intellectual range is as wide as his geographic or temporal range. This reinterpretation of global history will give readers of history will give readers of history, politics, and economics much to think about.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] careful, comprehensive historical study…the subject matter is so important and his dedication so thorough that this singular work should be welcomed by all readers.” ―Booklist
“A pertinent, wide-ranging comparative study...vast, evenhanded and worthy of rumination.” ―Kirkus