Land Use and Capitalism, 1350-2013

1311 [CRN: 15838]

This course offers an overview of major traditions for analyzing landscape in political economy, theology, literature, anthropology, asking how imaginary landscapes of the mind become the material realities of farm and highway. Themes will include the rise of modern, surveying, engineering, cities, infrastructure systems, and land reform. It will ask how historic models of government have played out in an era of environmental disaster, famine, mortgages, and evictions. We will explore tensions between political centralization and heterotopias, nomadic and settled people, peoples' movements and finance, exploring questions about the spiritual, economic, aesthetic, ecological, political relationship of people to territory. M
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