Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Apr 24, 2003 - History - 497 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Arranging New Worlds
3
Empires and Perspectives on Land
11
Origins Organization and Rationales
46
Places Shapes Scale and Velocity
88
Uprooting Native Title
133
Landed Estates and Citizen Speculators
178
The Geometry and Ledgers of Assurance
216
Landhunters Squatters Grazers
264
Breaking Up Big Estates and Squeezing Margins
311
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John C. Weaver is professor of history, McMaster University.

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