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Spreading from both shores of the north Atlantic, it laid waste to traditional communal civilizations, displacing entire peoples from their homelands, but at the same time brought into being a unique concept of individual freedom and a distinct form of representative government and democratic institutions. By contrast, as Linklater demonstrates, other great civilizations, in Russia, China, and the Islamic world, evolved very different structures of land ownership and thus very different forms of government and social responsibility.
The history and evolution of land ownership is a fascinating chronicle in the history of civilization, offering unexpected insights about how various forms of democracy and capitalism developed, as well as a revealing analysis of a future where the Earth must sustain nine billion lives. Seen through the eyes of remarkable individuals - Chinese emperors; German peasants; the 17th century English surveyor William Petty, who first saw the connection between private property and free-market capitalism; the American radical Wolf Ladejinsky, whose land redistribution in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea after WWII made possible the emergence of Asian tiger economies - Owning the Earth presents a radically new view of mankind's place on the planet.
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By S. Olsen on 06-30-15
What did you love best about Owning the Earth?
I love books that make you look at the world from a different angle. This book showed the powerful impact of property ownership through cultures, countries and time and weaved together the driving force of ownership impact on governments (or changes in government) and history.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Owning the Earth?
I actually enjoyed the conclusion that brought the ideas of the book together. It changed the way I look at the world, by breaking out these ideas that are so fixed in my mind to show the progress and change in them over time.
Any additional comments?
The book is well written and easy to follow and as you jump through countries and time to bring forward a comprehensive understanding of property ownership. That sounds a little boring but I never found it boring, the analysis and story were so well done that it kept me intellectually curious to the end. I as I said before it really helped me to see and understand the world a little different.
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By Graham Bond on 01-19-16
Rich, complex+utterly brilliant bit of scholarshp
If books could take the breath away (which they can't) this would be a breathtaker. You'll need an academic-ish mind to fully appreciate its glories, as it's rich/heavy in scholarly references. But in terms of its scope and ambition, it really is something quite special with a balanced but nevertheless visionary argument threaded through. All in all, a wonderful parting gift from Andro Linklater, my new intellectual hero.