By Susan Reynolds

During this concise background of expropriation of land for the typical reliable in Europe and North the United States from medieval instances to 1800, Susan Reynolds contextualizes the heritage of a major criminal doctrine concerning the dating among executive and the establishment of non-public estate. prior to Eminent area concentrates on western Europe and the English colonies in the US. As Reynolds argues, expropriation used to be a typical criminal perform in lots of societies during which contributors had rights to land. It was once typically approved that land will be taken from them, with reimbursement, while the group, in spite of the fact that outlined, wanted it. She cites examples of the perform because the early center a long time in England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and from the 17th century in the USA. Reynolds concludes with a dialogue of previous and current rules and assumptions approximately neighborhood, person rights, and person estate that underlie the perform of expropriation yet were mostly overlooked by way of historians of either political and felony notion.

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12. Capitularia Regum Francorum, vol. 1, no. 20, c. 9. Western Europe before 1100 21 some grants of church land to laymen look as if they would not have been justifiable by the needs of the kingdom, others were justified, more or less explicitly, at the time and in that way. According to the formal declarations of kings and councils, these Carolingian takings of church land ought not to count as full expropriation (or secularization), since churches were supposed to retain their ultimate title.

7–8, in Statutes of the Realm, 5:601–12; Reddaway, Rebuilding of London, 72–100, 142–44, 155–64. 44 Western Europe and British North America were concerned with enforcing the obligation of parishes to repair their roads rather than with widening or straightening them, let alone laying out new ones. 35 Turnpike acts were at first equally restricted in their aims. An act of 1723 that provided for the taking of land referred the assessment of damages, if the owner and tenants would not agree to what was proposed, to a sworn jury of twelve indifferent men of the parish or adjoining parishes.

Urkunden Lothars I, no. 40; Schiaparelli, Diplomi di Berengario I, nos. 47, 90, 100, 101; Cipolla, Codice Diplomatico di Bobbio, 1, no. 66; Lesne, Histoire de la propriété ecclésiastique, vol. 2, pt. 1. 14. Reynolds, Fiefs and Vassals, 89–100, 172–76. 15. Fouracre, Age of Charles Martel, 123–25. 17 Particular words are in any case less important than the ideas behind them: res publica was sometimes used as a synonym for “kingdom” (regnum), which surely had connotations of collectivity and mutual obligations between king and subjects.

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