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Before Eminent Domain
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Opening with allusions to a few suggestive examples from non-European societies and ancient Greece and Rome, the book concentrates on western Europe and the English colonies in America. As Reynolds 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. She demonstrates that land has been taken, with compensation, for what has been perceived to be the public good at least since the early Middle Ages in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and since the seventeenth century in America.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Chapter 2. Western Europe before 1100
  2. pp. 15-32
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  1. Chapter 3. Western Europe and British North America, 1100–1800
  2. pp. 33-84
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  1. Chapter 4. Justifications and Discussions
  2. pp. 85-110
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  1. Chapter 5. Communities, Individuals, and Property
  2. pp. 111-140
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 141-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-175
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