Quotation of the Day…

by Don Boudreaux on January 10, 2012

in History, Law

… is from page 88 of the 1986 Dorset Press edition of Sir Henry Sumner Maine’s classic 1861 book Ancient Law:

Territorial sorvereignty – the view which connects sovereignty with the possession of a limited portion of the earth’s surface – was distinctly an offshoot, though a tardy one, of feudalism.  This might have been expected a priori, for it was feudalism which for the first time linked personal duties, and by consequence personal rights, to the ownership of land.


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