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Author Liu, Yongping, 1955-

Title Origins of Chinese law : penal and administrative law in its early development / Yongping Liu.

Published Hong Kong ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Law  KT 4229 LIU    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 360 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-352) and index.
Contents 1. Society and the Development of Law in Shang-Zhou China -- 2. Li (I): The Development and Evolution of Li under the Zongfa-Feudal System of the Zhou -- 3. Li (II): Confucius and the Theory of 'Natural Li' -- 4. The Origin and Early Development of Punishment (Xing) -- 5. A Study of the Covenant (Meng) -- 6. Fa (I): The Legalists' Theories of Law - An Analysis of Shang Yang and Han Fei Thought -- 7. Fa (II): Law of the Qin Dynasty (the Qin Lu) -- 8. A Preliminary Study of Han Law.
Summary "Origins of Chinese Law develops and supports an original, yet controversial, picture of early Chinese law. Casting doubt on the accepted premise that there was a unified system of law and punishment throughout the ancient Chinese empire based on the wuxing, or five punishments, the author suggests a more complicated and diverse picture: that from their earliest origins the Chinese people were subject to different laws and punishments based on their clan or social status."--BOOK JACKET. "Using a wealth of literary evidence from the Confucian classics and historical writings, and making use of recent archaeological excavations of oracle bones, bronze inscriptions, and bamboo strips, the author elucidates the central concepts that formed the basis of early Chinese law such as Li, covenant, punishment, and the theories and practice of law of the Qin and Han dynasties."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Law -- China -- History.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- China -- History.
Social classes -- China -- History.
ISBN 0195903447

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