Herbert A. L. Fisher Quotes

It was a republic, but unlike any other republic that had ever existed. There were neither taxes nor police, nor an army, nor an administrative officer, nor a foreign policy, nor indeed any joint means of coercion; only the heads of the scattered settlements—settlements divided one from another by snow mountains and lava fields and belts of black volcanic sand and pebbles — met together once a year in a common assembly and agreed to obey and enforce a common law.

This was one of the very few societies of the time that did not have a monarch or strongman in charge.

Herbert A. L. Fisher, 1865-1940, English Historian & Member of Parliament, Minister of Education, Description of Early Iceland, The Republican Tradition in Europe, The Harvard University Lowell Lectures, 1910

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