Landownership and Power in Modern Europe

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Landownership and Power in Modern Europe

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9780049400924: Landownership and Power in Modern Europe

In Landownership and Power in Modern Europe, a distinguished international team of twelve historians offers a fascinating --and unprecedented--comparative analysis of the relationship, in nineteenth and twentieth-century Europe, between the possession of land and the exercise of power in all its forms. The contributors, all experienced researchers in the area of rural/agrarian history, examine the workings of this relationship in several regions of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Great Britain and Ireland. In considering their respective regions, the authors address such specific issues as the distribution of landownership and the wealth derived from it; patterns of agricultural exploitation (for example tenancy, sharecropping and direct labour); oppression, deference, patronage and clientelism in landowner-peasant relations; ideology and hegemony; landowners and the state; and the response of landowners to challenge from below.

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