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Land Rights, Ethno-nationality and Sovereignty in History

1st Edition

Edited by Stanley Engerman, Jacob Metzer


416 pages

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The complex relationships between ethno-nationality, rights to land, and territorial sovereignty have long fed disputes over territorial control and landed rights between different nations, ethnicities, and religions. These disputes raise a number of interesting issues related to the nature of land regimes and to their economic and political implications.

The studies drawn together in this key volume explore these and related issues for a broad variety of countries and times. They illuminate the diverse causes of ethno-national land disputes, and the different forms of adjustment and accommodation to the power differences between the contesting groups. This is done within a framework outlined by the editors in their analytical overview, which offers contours for comparative examinations of such disputes, past and present.

Providing conceptual and factual analyses of comparative nature and wealth of empirical material (both historical and contemporary), this book will appeal to economic historians, economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and all scholars interested in issues concerning ethno-nationality and land rights in historical perspective.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Setting the Stage Part 2: Nations, Land Regime, and Territorial Sovereignty in Old and New States Part 3: Religion, Ethno-Nationality, and Economics in Land Struggles Part 4: Indigenous Peoples, Colonial Settlers, and Migrating Laborers: Ethnic Rivalries and Rights to Land, Past and Present Part 5: Natural Resources and the Livelihood of Native Populations: Economy and Environment in Tradition and Modernity

About the Editors

Stanley L. Engerman is John H. Munro Professor of Economics and Professor of History at the University of Rochester, New York, USA.

Jacob Metzer is Alexander Brody Professor of Economic History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General