Early Modern Conceptions of Property

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John Brewer, Susan Staves
Psychology Press, 1996 - History - 599 pages
Early Modern Conceptions of Property draws together distinguished academics from a variety of disciplines, including law, economics, politics, art history, social history, and literature, in order to consider fundamental issues of property in the early modern period. Presenting diverse original historical and literary case studies in a sophisticated theoretical framework, it offers a challenge to conventional interpretations. The articles address classic issues of property theory: how can private ownership of natural resources be justified? Is it possible to reconcile the rights of property owners backed by state power and the rights of the propertyless to life and liberty? Ought the state to limit or deny ownership rights in certain things, such as slaves, babies, animals? What constraints, if any, should be placed on the power to transmit assets through inheritance? These crucial debates now have renewed urgency and relevance as in the United States and western Europe state constraints on private ownership are being newly challenged from the political right, and as eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union move toward market economies. Early Modern Conceptions of Property concentrates these issues in an exciting international collection.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Resources capacities and ownership The workmanship ideal
21
Lockean ideas poverty and the development ofliberal political theory
43
The misteries of property Relationality ruralindustrialization
62
Paradoxical property
95
Land law citizenship and he invention of Englishness The strange
111
in the eighteenth century
144
Of women and the land Legitimizing hushandry
161
Epistolary property Michel de Servan and the plight of letters on
339
The hank the press and the return of Nature On currency credit
365
John Guillory
389
the invention and institution of special forms
411
Monopoly economic thought and the Royal African Company
427
1 Members of the Royal African Companys Court
453
Delivering the goods Patriotism property and the midwife mission
467
Property in office under the ancien regime The case of the stockbrokers
481

Women and property in ancien regime France Theory and practice
170
Resentment or resignation? Dividing the spoils among daughters
194
Property and politeness in the early eighteenthcentury Whig moralists
221
ReWrighting Shaftesbury The Air Pump and the limits of commercial
234
Property politics and personality in Rousseau
254
Noblesse oblige Female charity in an age of sentiment
275
Defending conduct and property The London press and the luxury dehate
301
ReWriting Lear Literary property and dramatic authorship
323
Property and propriety Land tenure and slave property in the creation
497
1 Average size of land grants in Barhados 162837
524
Parliament and property rights in the late eighteenthcentury
530
Coerced indigenous labor and free mestizo peasantry
545
The concept of white slavery in the English Caribbean during
572
2 Servants shipped to Barhados and Virginia from Bristol
575
INDEX
585
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