Andro Linklater obituary

Journalist, biographer and author who explored the history of property ownership in AmericaThe Scottish author Andro Linklater was fascinated by the relationship between people and land. His death at the age of 68 from a heart attack came while he was on the isle of Eigg, researching for a new book on the history of land ownership in the Hebrides. The originality he brought to the subject reflected his talents as a biographer and journalist – the effects of individuals' ideas were represented in terms graphic enough to be grasped readily.Measuring America (2002) explored how the US took the British measurement of a chain – 22 yards, the length of a cricket pitch or 1/80 of a mile – so that the Public Land Survey System could register land across the continent and make it saleable. Traditionally the rugged individual has been taken as the driving force of the young republic: Linklater showed how America's democracy and laws, its government, evolved in large part to support the property rights of those individuals.The Fabric of America (2007) returned to Linklater's fascination with surveyors, illuminating Andrew Ellicott's central role in establishing the country's borders and boundaries – again deepening understanding of the nation's roots. Owning the Earth (published in Britain in January and in the US last week) chronicles the enormous impact on civilisation of private property, an idea revolutionary 500 years ago that now seems simple: the notion that "one person could... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2013-11-21 00:00:00 UTC ]
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