Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession: Part II Feudalism

Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession: Part II Feudalism

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Landscape, Wealth and Dispossession describes the evolution of British landscapes, at home and abroad, in terms of five political forces. Each one generates the next as humanity, feudalism, capitalism, industrialism and individualism.

Part II Feudalism, considers the evolution of British feudalism to its decline in the 14th century. The Roman occupation is defined as an anomaly, which, by undermining the feudal lord, enables a temporary Anglo-Saxon ascendancy. The Norman conquest – a manifestation of the ‘Völkerwanderung’ – ideologically perfects British feudalism. The consequent institutionalisation of land-rights engenders a commodification of land that will underwrite capitalism. In the process, the feudal, copy holding, peasantry is eliminated, while the Norman precedent that positions conqueror as ultimate landlord sets the stage for colonial annexation.

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