Greetings, gentle friends.
I am looking to prepare a small paper on the evolution of the
concept of "private" property, particularly the ownership of
I understand that in early Ireland and Britain, the family or
clan owned land; I am not clear if individuals within the clan
were considered to own individual tracts or not.
At any rate, later, the king (might be the English one; this
may be an English idea) owned the land and let you hold it for
him in fief.
Nowadays, certainly in the States, the ideal is for each man to
own his very own--"A man's home is his castle." I'd like to
trace how this shift from clan-centered to individual-centered
ownership came about.
Any references (or corrections of grossly mistaken ideas above!)
will be most welcome.
Thank you kindly.