land reform

noun

Definition of land reform

: measures designed to effect a more equitable distribution of agricultural land especially by governmental action also : the resulting redistribution

Examples of land reform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But its attempts to curb the power of the army and the church, grant home rule to Catalans and Basques and implement land reform, all amid the Depression of the 1930s, may have been too ambitious. The Economist, "Too many setbacks A historian sets out to explain Spain’s tumultuous past," 20 June 2020 General Juan Velasco Alvarado, who ruled until 1977, nationalized foreign oil company holdings and oversaw an uneven but relatively successful land reform that abolished the old semifeudal haciendas and turned land over to peasants. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 The land is also where Dieu Lan crawls on her belly with five children following her, slithering through the yard of her elegant ancestral home to escape the neighbors who have become her persecutors during the land reform. Gaiutra Bahadur, New York Times, "A Stirring Family Saga Tells a Taboo History of Vietnam," 17 Mar. 2020 And after securing reelection, Modi continued leaning his shoulder into Hindu nationalism, while neglecting issues like land reform or reducing trade barriers. Ian Bremmer, Time, "I Argued That Narendra Modi Was India's Best Hope for Economic Reform. Things Have Changed," 20 Dec. 2019 Photo: Associated Press Shah initiates White Revolution, a series of economic, social and land reforms, angering the clergy by diminishing its influence and sparking protests spearheaded by Ruhollah Khomeini. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Iran Vows to Continue Military Expansion Despite U.S. Threats," 11 Feb. 2019 At the time, the Horn of Africa nation was experiencing massive anti-government protests, led mostly by the Oromo and Amhara communities who were demanding land reform, full political participation, and an end to human rights abuses. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s Oromos mark thanksgiving festival in Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years," 7 Oct. 2019 His first break came in 1928 when Pravda printed his piece on land reform in Uzbekistan. Douglas Smith, WSJ, "Vasily Grossman’s ‘Stalingrad’: Harsh and Sublime," 14 June 2019 As the Associated Press notes, the initial plan of the land reform was to take the country’s most fertile land, that was owned by the minority-white people, and redistribute it to the poor Black community. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Dead At 95," 6 Sep. 2019

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Land reform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/land%20reform. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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