‘Public property and the rise of the individual’

“Historical articles on the commons keep coming. Victorian Studies recently published an article by Daniel Stout, ‘Uncommon Lands: Public Property and the Rise of the Individual’. (I’m happy to say that the article cites extensively from my ‘How Blackstone Became a Blackstonian’.) The abstract: ‘This article examines the theoretical hurdles that the English legal system faced in trying to come up with a coherent conception of public land in the Victorian period. Rapid urbanization and industrialization meant that the pressure to preserve open space was intense, but a conception of public land – land that belongs to everyone – was strikingly absent from English law …'” (more)

[David Schorr, Environment, Law, and History, 7 January]

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