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Before Eminent Domain – Toward a History of Expropriation of Land for the Common Good - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Before Eminent Domain: Toward a History of Expropriation of Land for the Common Good

Susan Reynolds


This book presents a history of expropriation of land for the common good in Europe and North America from medieval times to 1800. It contextualizes the history of an important legal doctrine regarding the relationship between government and the institution of private property. The book concentrates on western Europe and the English colonies in America. As it argues, expropriation was a common legal practice in many societies in which individuals had rights to land. It was generally accepted that land could be taken from them, with compensation, when the community, however defined, needed it. ... More

Keywords: expropriation of land, common good, private property, English colonies, community, individual rights, individual property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833537
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807895863_reynolds


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Reynolds, author