By Peter Garnsey
This publication explores historical 'foundational' texts on the subject of estate and their reception by way of later thinkers of their numerous contexts as much as the early 19th century. The texts contain Plato's imaginative and prescient of a fantastic polity within the Republic, Jesus' teachings on renunciation and poverty, and Golden Age narratives and different evolutionary money owed of the transition of mankind from primeval communality to regimes of possession. the difficulty of the legitimacy of non-public possession workouts the minds of the key political thinkers in addition to theologians and jurists in the course of the a long time. The booklet provides complete attention to the old improvement of Rights idea, with designated connection with the ideal to estate. It ends with a comparative examine of the Declarations of Rights within the American and French Revolutions and seeks to give an explanation for, on the subject of modern files, why the French known an inalienable, human correct to estate while the americans didn't.