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Richard Pipes, Harvard scholar and historian of the Russian Revolution, brings his remarkable erudition to an exploration of a wide range of national and political systems to demonstrate persuasively that private ownership has served over the centuries to limit the power of the state and enable democratic institutions to evolve and thrive in the Western world.

Beginning with Greece and Rome, where the concept of private property as we understand it first developed, Pipes then shows us how, in the late medieval period, the idea matured with the expansion of commerce and the rise of cities. He contrasts England, a country where property rights and parliamentary government advanced hand-in-hand, with Russia, where restrictions on ownership have for centuries consistently abetted authoritarian regimes; finally he provides reflections on current and future trends in the United States. Property and Freedom is a brilliant contribution to political thought and an essential work on a subject of vital importance.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

About the Author

Richard Pipes was for many years a professor of history at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Marlborough, New Hampshire.

Table of Contents

The idea of property — The institution of property — England and the birth of parliamentary democracy — Patrimonial Russia — Property in the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375704475
Author:
Pipes, Richard
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Property
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
Liberty
Subject:
Right of property
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
property;economics;history;freedom
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1999-209694
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.02x5.26x.79 in. .67 lbs.

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