Chinese Legal History

A survey of Chinese legal history that ranges from late imperial law in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) through the legal transformations of Republican China, to the early years of the People's Republic of China. The course examines the way in which a legal system creates and reflects a society's structures and values in a mutually interactive process that constructs a particular "legal sensibility". Weekly discussions are based on readings are drawn from statutes, cases, and fictional accounts as well as, for comparative purposes, from European and American legal theory. No previous background in Chinese history or law is required or expected.

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