Traditional elitist land ownership Privileged families Reappearance of the aristocracy Elitist control of property
In the UK in the 1880s, 75% of the country was owned by 7,000 people, with a quarter of England and Wales in the hands of 710 of them. Half of the Scottish Highlands was owned by 15 lairds. In the 1970s a survey showed that of 500 families covered by the earlier survey, 52% still owned some of the land they possessed in the 1880s.
The presence of so called old boy network of distinguished families do not only enrich schools, colleges, and regiments; these ancestral connections also enrich trade unions, businesses, and indeed all human organizations and countries.
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