No Duty to Retreat offers an engrossing account of how this idea of self-defense emerged, focusing in particular on the gunfights of the frontier and their impact on our legal traditions.
The right to stand one's ground, Brown tells us, appeared relatively recently. Under English common law, the threatened party had a legal duty to retreat "to the wall" before fighting back.
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Skickas inom vardagar. The volume consists of sixteen papers on the history of Francia between the seventh and eleventh centuries.
Originally published between and , the papers are arranged around three interlinking themes: the relationship between History and Hagiography, the history of Francia under the respective regimes of the Merovingan and Carolingian kings, and the problem of how states with weak governing institutions were able to exercise power over large areas. The history of Francia has been one of the most productive areas of early medieval history over the past two generations.
Models of European development have been based on its rich materials and the fact that the polity lasted for half a millennium makes it a prime area for the study of the dialectic between continuity and change. Edited by Paul Fouracre.
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New York: Cambridge University Press. As the editor candidly points out in his preface, there were many delays along the way. Some chapters were submitted as early as and had to be updated , while others, for various reasons, were produced more recently.
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The result is a volume that is a bit uneven, dated in some areas and up to the minute in others, but that overall can be judged a worthy beginning and conclusion for the series. They instead organized their subject chronologically and regionally, with thematic chapters at the beginning and end.
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