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Before Eminent DomainToward a History of Expropriation of Land for the Common Good$
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Susan Reynolds

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833537

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807895863_reynolds

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Western Europe and British North America, 1100–1800

Western Europe and British North America, 1100–1800

(p.33) Chapter 3 Western Europe and British North America, 1100–1800
Before Eminent Domain

Susan Reynolds

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the evidence on the actual practice of expropriation of land for the common good in western Europe and British North America between 1100 and 1800. Focusing on England, Italy, France, Germany (with Austria and the Netherlands), Spain, and the English colonies in America, it cites examples of expropriation, such as those made by the kings for land needed to build royal castles, for which landowners or laypeople were compensated. It also looks at the permanent and absolute confiscations of church property without exchange or compensation during the later Middle Ages, the expropriation of property for purposes of architecture and town planning, and seizure of land from Indians.

Keywords:   expropriation of land, common good, western Europe, North America, confiscations, church property, compensation, Middle Ages, architecture, town planning

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