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Add Back To Lists to Visualforce Page

We have an override on the View for an object with a Visualforce page. We would like to be able to add a button that returns them to the prior page. Something like the back to lists on standard pages. On a VF page under edit or new you get the retUrl and can reference it but that is not available on the view pages. 

Is there a way to add the Back functionality to a VF page when doing a view override?
If you can't guarantee the prior page will pass you a parameter indicating where the request came from, you could look at using the window.history object - this has a back method that is the same as the user clicking the 'back' button on the browser.  This probably isn't a silver bullet though - if the previous page was a form submission the browser will ask for confirmation for example.