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A History of Water Rights at Common Law

Joshua Getzler


This history of the doctrinal evolution of water law investigates the links between law and economic development, with detailed attention to legal concepts and to the history of industrialization. Water resources were central to England’s precocious economic development in the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, and then again in the industrial, transport, and urban revolutions of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Each of these periods saw a great deal of legal conflict over water rights, often between domestic, agricultural, and manufacturing interests competing for access to flowing wa ... More

Keywords: water rights, common law, water law, economic development, legal concepts, history of industrialization, water resources, thirteenth century, sixteenth century, industrial revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Getzler, author
Fellow and Tutor in Law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford