Property and Politics, 1870-1914: Landownership, Law, Ideology and Urban Development in England

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Landed and urban property exercised a powerful influence on social policy, urban development and national party politics in Victorian and Edwardian England. This book presents an innovative study of the economic, legal and social foundations of the British State. It contains a history of the law of land transfer, estimates of landed property and landed debt, and descriptions of the urban property market and of the impact of taxation upon urban development. Agrarian and urban property owners embraced conflicting ...

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Overview

Landed and urban property exercised a powerful influence on social policy, urban development and national party politics in Victorian and Edwardian England. This book presents an innovative study of the economic, legal and social foundations of the British State. It contains a history of the law of land transfer, estimates of landed property and landed debt, and descriptions of the urban property market and of the impact of taxation upon urban development. Agrarian and urban property owners embraced conflicting doctrines of taxation. These doctrines, held rigidly for many decades, helped to form the identies of the Conservative and Liberal parties, and determine their policies in office. This book also analyses the stormy period from 1909 to 1914 where the urban crisis was compounded of collapsing property values, rising taxes and unsatisfied social demands as well as Lloyd George's provocative budgets and his ambitious and abortive land schemes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521129985
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2010
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and illustrations; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Law as Property - Solicitors, the Land Market and Legal Reform: 1. Solicitors: profile of a profession; 2. A Benthamite project: land-law reform 1826–1870; 3. Lawyers and Liberals 1870–1895; 4. Solicitors and the property cycle 1895–1925; 5. Benthamism blunted 1895–1925; Part II. Dimensions of Tenure: 6. Clergy, corporations and junior property professions; 7. Landowners and entrepreneurs: Domesday revisited; 8. Mortgagees; 9. The ramparts of property; Part III. Tenure and Taxation 1850–1900; 10. Banners or spoils? The doctrines of taxation; 11. The country versus the city in Parliament 1850–1885; 12. Henry George and local taxation 1885–1895; 13. Mr Goschen's finance 1887–1892; 14. Doles for squire and parson 1895–1902; Part IV. Municipal Enterprise and Private Capital: 15. towns against the Tories 1890–1902; Forging a weapon - the taxation of land values 1901–1906; 17. The property cycle in London 1892–1912; 18. Property values, local taxation and local politics; Part V. Edwardian Climax 1906–1914; 19. Towards the People's Budget 1906–1909; 20. Romantic residues; 21. Back to the land; 22. People's Budget and rural land campaign 1909–1914; 23. The urban question again 1910–1914; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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