I'm looking for information on twentieth-century land reform and land redistribution programs in both Europe and the United States. I know the French case and am trying to figure out how it compares. The two primary programs in France worked as follows: a community could request assistance from the state (by way of a surveyor and financial aid) to redraw their its cadastral map; a land bank monitored sales in agricultural lands and bought up parcels and resold them (with discounted transaction costs) in order to create larger, more "rational" farms. The former program was initiated by the communities themselves (though not without a lot of disagreement as a simple majority vote was all that was needed to get the ball rolling), while the latter was a top-down initiative that garnered a lot of negative attention in particular for its right to preempt sales on the free market. The idea behind both initiatives was to create larger, modernised holdings.
If anyone has any information on how this situation compares to other national experiences, I would love to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org
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