The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 by John C. WeaverThe Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 by John C. Weaver

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

byJohn C. Weaver

Paperback | July 28, 2006

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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. 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 shows 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 ofunderdeveloped countries, and a continuing evolution of the concepts of property rights, including the development and increasing growth in importance of intellectual property rights.
John C. Weaver is professor of history, McMaster University.
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Title:The Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.06 inPublished:July 28, 2006Publisher:McGill-Queen's University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077353153X

ISBN - 13:9780773531536

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from large scale this book does a lot to explain modern history through the study of land and property rights
Date published: 2017-06-24

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"Striking above all for its global scope." Literary Review of Canada "Tour de force a sweeping synthesis." Histoire sociale / Social History "The 'great land rush' here is much more than greedy people falling over one another in vainglorious pursuit." Canadian Historical Review "Weaver has written one of those rare books that for many decades will grace lists of essential bibliography." American Historical Review