Comparing different official and commercial editions of the Qing Code, popular handbooks for amateur legal practitioners, and manuals for community legal lectures, Ting Zhang demonstrates how the dissemination of legal information transformed Chinese law, judicial authority, and popular legal consciousness.
|Publisher:||University of Washington Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Table of Contents
Chronology of Dynasties and Qing Reign Periods xi
1 Qing Legislation and Imperial Editions of The Great Qing Code 11
2 Commercial Publications of the Code 41
3 Reading the Code 84
4 Law and Legal Information in Popular Handbooks 111
5 Popular Legal Education 144
Conclusion: The Impact of Printing on Law and Legal Culture 179
Selected Bibliography 227
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Takes recent developments in the field of Chinese legal history to a new level by combining the study of law with the study of book history and print culture.
Makes a very important corrective to our understanding of the dissemination of legal information in the late imperial period by defining the ways in which such information was transmitted broadly, even to illiterate commoners. Circulating the Code expands our understanding of the range of works printed during the commercial publishing boom of the late Ming and Qing.
Overturns several stereotypes about Chinese law, most importantly that Chinese people did not know what the law was.