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Land : how the hunger for ownership shaped the modern world

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2021] ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Explores the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history, examining how people fight over, steward, and occasionally share land, and what humanity's proprietary relationship with land means for the future.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester
ISBN: 9780062938336 0062938339
OCLC Number: 1228909349
Description: xiii, 446 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
PROLOGUE: UNCOMMON GROUND. 1. Transaction --
2. Foundation --
3. Population --
4. Exploitation --
Demarcation, eviction, possession --
Exploration --
PART I: BORDERLINES. 1. When the worm forgave the plough --
2. The size of all the Earth --
3. Just where is everything --
4. At the edges of worlds --
5. Drawing a distinction --
PART II: ANNALS OF ACQUISITION. 1. Up and out and on the level --
2. Islands of the damned --
3. Red territory --
4. The land and the gentry --
PART III: STEWARDSHIP. 1. The tragedies of improvement --
2. The accumulations of space --
3. Going nowhere and everywhere --
4. The world made wild again --
5. On wisdom, down under --
6. Parks, recreation, and plutonium --
PART IV: BATTLEGROUNDS. 1. The dreary steeples 2. The unholy land --
3. Death on the rich black earth --
4. Concentration and confiscation --
PART V: ANNALS OF RESTORATION. 1. Māori in Arcady --
2. Strangers in the Hebrides --
3. Bringing Africa home --
4. Aliens in wonderland --
5. Trust is everything --
Epilogue: Yet now the land is drowning --
With great thanks --
A glossary of terms, some possibly unfamiliar, associated with land and its ownership --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Simon Winchester.

Abstract:

Explores the concept of land ownership and how it has shaped history, examining how people fight over, steward, and occasionally share land, and what humanity's proprietary relationship with land means for the future.

"Land examines in depth how we determine where the land lies, how we acquire it, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and, finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential questions: who actually owns the world's land, how much of it do we really need, and why does it matter?" -- Inside front jacket flap.

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