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To Keep and Bear Arms

The Origins of an Anglo-American Right

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$33.50 • £29.95 • €30.95

ISBN 9780674893078

Publication Date: 02/01/1996


254 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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A groundbreaking book on the history of gun rights.—John J. Miller, National Review

Joyce Malcolm’s book reminds us forcibly that arguments for gun ownership were, until quite recently, respectable and persuasive, and that gun control and peaceable behaviour appear to be unrelated phenomena.—David Wootton, London Review of Books

A work of genuine excellence, as persuasive in its argument as it is unsettling in its implications… Malcolm’s prose is both vigorous and elegant, and occasionally even witty, a virtue rarely to be found in a constitutional treatise. The book should generate a healthy debate about the future of gun control in America.—Douglas R. Egerton, American Historical Review

A wide audience, including social scientists, historians, lawyers, and anyone interested in the gun-ownership debate, should welcome this concise, well-written history.—Allan D. Olmsted, Contemporary Sociology

[Malcolm] provides a skillful analysis of how the Englishmen’s duty to bear arms was transformed into a right to bear arms.—Robert E. Shalhope, Journal of American History

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