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The Power of Life and Death

Mary Nyquist

in Arbitrary Rule: Slavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226015538
eISBN:
9780226015675
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226015675.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Ideas

This chapter discusses the power of life and death, and how such a grand phrase could come to stand for something so brutal as killing. Also known as the sword of justice, the right to take life and ... More


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