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A term used in feudal law to designate land acquisition by purchase; or any method other than descent or inheritance by which an individual obtains ownership of an estate. A term used in International Law for the process whereby a sovereign nation is, by force of arms, made to submit to another nation; the defeated country thus becomes part of the empire of the conqueror.

See: subjection

CONQUEST, feudal law. This term was used by the feudists to signify purchase.

CONQUEST, international law. The acquisition of the sovereignty of a country by force of arms, exercised by an independent power which reduces the vanquished to the submission of its empire.
     2. It is a general rule, that where conquered countries have laws of their own, these laws remain in force after the conquest, until they are abrogated, unless they are contrary to our religion, or enact any malum in se. In all such cases the laws of the conquering country prevail; for it is not to be presumed that laws opposed to religion or sound morals could be sanctioned. 1 Story, Const. Sec. 150, and the cases there cited.
     3. The conquest and military occupation of a part of the territory of the United States by a public enemy, renders such conquered territory, during such occupation, a foreign country with respect to the revenue laws of the United States. 4 Wheat. R. 246; 2 Gallis. R. 486. The people of a conquered territory change their allegiance, but, by the modern practice, their relations to each other, and their rights of property, remain the same. 7 Pet. R. 86.
     4. Conquest does not, per se, give the conqueror plenum dominium et utile, but a temporary right of possession and government. 2 Gallis. R. 486; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 101. See 8 Wheat. R. 591; 2 Bay, R. 229; 2 Dall. R. 1; 12 Pet. 410.
     5. The right which the English government claimed over the territory now composing the United States, was not founded on conquest, but discovery. Id. Sec. 152, et seq.

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Mythic Indians and the pre-conquest past were pushed to the side as elites in the region rejected indianesque nationalism and stressed that the nation originated during the conquest and colonial eras.
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The conquest years of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of a colonial state and the reworking of ethnic identities tied to tribal political structures within an imperial context.
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devotes the rest of the book to demonstrating that the early Israelite peoples were Canaanites indigenous to Palestine--thus opposing the conquest and peaceful infiltration models of Israel's entry into the land.
4) As in many white-authored frontier adventures, Jean Baptiste's story also justifies and celebrates the conquest and redistribution of Native American lands and territories--for such activities are necessary precursors to the building of empire and the bringing of civilization to a "savage" land.
At the time of the conquest, Baghdad - and Islamic society in general - was more advanced and committed to arts and learning than European culture.
These brief essays show the ambivalence of Lope's representation of the conquest, both praising its religious function and criticizing the treatment of the Amerindians.
In the Israeli-Palestinian context it is also particularly difficult to reach an acceptable conclusion using only the factors enumerated in the Helsinki Rules and the UN Convention as none of these factors directly addresses perhaps the most relevant factor in the conflict -- the conquest of Palestine.
Kaegi's is more concentrated and focuses on the Byzantine profile of the early conquests, while Donner's deals with the conquest of Persia as well as the dismemberment of Oriens - the detachment of Bilad al-Sham (Syria from the Taurus to Sinai) and al-Jazira (Mesopotamia) from Byzantium.

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