Thus, in studying Mexico's land system, we are considering a very ancient institution, one whose roots lie buried in the past the distant period in which white men first arrived upon the western hemisphere, bearing with them the customs peculiar to the lands and times from which they came, and the still more remote past when native American institutions were being formed in response to the demands of primitive society. Conse quently the study must be partly historical, as we trace back the path over which the different methods of tenure have evolved into their present form and as we see the customs of long ago crystallizing into the institutions of today.
But the study of an agrarian system of a country is more than the mere tracing of its historical development. The land system of Mexico, like other social institutions anywhere, has either grown up out Of the very depths of its physical environment or has, at least, been modified by adaptation to the habitat into which it has been transplanted. Since the character of that physical setting varies in the different parts of the country, we shall have to see how the method of tenure responds to the vari~ ous environmental in?uences and, particularly, what result is obtained by the different systems in the several widely diverse geographical provinces of which the country is composed. More over, since Mexico is now in the midst of an attempted agrarian reform, it will be well to consider whether her contemplated inno vations are adapted to the particular physical conditions pre sented in the various parts of the country. The study is thus geographical as well as historical.
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Publisher - Forgotten Books
Language - English
Author(s) - George McCutchen McBride
Published Date - August 26 2019
ISBN - 9780265961926
Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.6 cm
Page Count - 238
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