World Events, History and Culture Book Group

Category: Book Groups & Discussions
Location: Plaut Room

Join the group for a discussion of "Owning the Earth: The Transforming History of Land Ownership" by Andro Linklater on Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Plaut Room.

The history and evolution of landownership is a fascinating chronicle in the history of civilization, offering unexpected insights about how various forms of democracy and capitalism developed, as well as a revealing analysis of a future where the Earth must sustain nine billion lives. Seen through the eyes of remarkable individuals—Chinese emperors; German peasants; the seventeenth century English surveyor William Petty, who first saw the connection between private property and free-market capitalism; the American radical Wolf Ladejinsky, whose land redistribution in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea after WWII made possible the emergence of Asian tiger economies—Owning the Earth presents a radically new view of mankind’s place on the planet.