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on 6 February 2014
Andro Linklater has written a book which is extremely comprehensive in scope and fascinating in its detail. It's unusual to look at history through the lens of our attitudes to land and ownership of it, but he does convince me that this is indeed our most fundamental relationship and depending on how we have approached this issue, democracy and prosperity have flourished or failed. It looks at the history of England from the Enclosures in the 15th century onwards, and at how we exported our attitudes toward private property to the New World when we left for America. He also looks at different attitudes in the rest of Europe, in tribal societies, in Russia and China among others... and reaches a point where he shows just how this issue of ownership is going to dictate our navigation of the 21st century. Andro Linklater has a great way of painting the picture of crucial events and individuals which makes it highly readable. Highly recommended.
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on 10 February 2015
An absorbing read which covers a long span of history around the world based on acdemic references put together in the context of land ownership broadening out to many other forms of property in the present day. The span of history and the countries/continents,economic theory and political developments was unexpected. I enjoyed it and am surely much better informed with a new perspective on much of current affairs.
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on 21 January 2014
An interesting history book that is easy to read! Andro Linklater has an articulate and engaging style of writing that makes this a very interesting and readable book.
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on 31 October 2014
This is a must read. Notions of ownership are so much taken fro grabted as in some sense natural or obvious, but Linklater shows they lead directly to big societal issues no matter what model is adopted. Be prepared for a whirlwind tour round some history you probably didn't know existed!
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on 4 August 2016
Great seller. Very prompt. Thank you very much :)
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on 8 October 2015
Intelligent invaluable and relevant to contemporary issues. A fine book
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on 12 March 2015
Really makes one think and reevaluate ownershp
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on 16 October 2014
Very informative and important book.
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on 1 December 2015
Excellent!
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