The great land rush and the making of the modern world, 1650-1900 [electronic resource] /
John C. Weaver.
Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2003.
x, 497 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2003.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [361]-468) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John C. Weaver is professor of history, McMaster University.
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Wallace K. Ferguson Award, CAN, 2004 : Won
Review Quotes
"A superb piece of work, unusual in its breadth. It engages no less than the whole of the British and American worlds and Weaver has considerable professional knowledge in these areas. He has an amazing capacity to identify and synthesize the extant literature in a simple and compelling style." John Clarke, author of Land, Power, and Economics on the Frontier of Upper Canada /// The insightful analysis of various land rush episodes in frontier settlement makes this book special. Building on and complementing the existing literature, Weaver makes a unique contribution to our understanding. This work is a monumental achievement." Bruce Ziff, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is a critique of the greatest reallocation of resources in the history of the world and an analysis of its effects on indigenous peoples, the growth of property rights, and the evolution of ideas that make up the foundation of the modern world.
Main Description
The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 describes the appropriation and distribution of land by Europeans in the new world. By integrating the often violent history of colonization of this period and the ensuing emergence of property rights with an examination of the decline of an aristocratic ruling class and the growth of democracy and the market economy John Weaver describes how the landscapes of North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa were transformed by the pursuit of resources. He also underscores the tragic history of the indigenous peoples of these regions and shoes how they came to lose "possession" of their land to newly formed governments made up of Europeans with European interests at heart. Weaver shows that the enormous efforts involved in defining and registering large numbers of newly carved-out parcels of property for reallocation during the Great Land Rush were instrumental in the emergence of much stronger concepts of property rights and argues that this period was marked by a complete disregard for previous notions of restraint on dreams of unlimited material possibility. Today, while the traditional forms of colonization that marked the Great Land Rush are no longer practiced by the European powers and their progeny in the new world, the legacy of this period can be seen in the western powers' insatiable thirst for economic growth, including newer forms of economic colonization of underdeveloped countries, and a continuing evolution of the concepts of property rights, including the development and increasing growth in importance of intellectual property rights.
Table of Contents
Maps and Tablesp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Arranging New Worldsp. 3
Scanning the Horizon
Concepts: Empires and Perspectives on Landp. 11
Property Rights: Origins, Organization, and Rationalesp. 46
Parameters: Places, Shapes, Scale, and Velocityp. 88
An Appetite for Land
Acquisition: Uprooting Native Titlep. 133
Allocation by Rank: Landed Estates and Citizen Speculatorsp. 178
Allocation by Market: The Geometry and Ledgers of Assurancep. 216
Allocation by Initiative: Landhunters, Squatters, Grazersp. 264
Reapportioning the Pieces
Reallocation: Breaking Up Big Estates and Squeezing Marginsp. 311
Epilogue: The Modern World Surveyedp. 348
Notesp. 361
Indexp. 469
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