Code, Custom and Legal Practice in China: The Qing and the Republic Compared / Edition 1

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“Huang’s convincing work, at the vanguard of important changes in our vision of Chinese law, deserves wide readership and should be of interest to many types of readers.”—Canadian Journal of Law and Society
“[Code, Custom, and Legal Practice in China] will be of substantial interest to historians and legal scholars of modern China.”—American Historical Review
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"Huang's convincing work, at the vanguard of important changes in our vision of Chinese law, deserves wide readership and should be of interest to many types of readers."—Canadian Journal of Law and Society

"[Code, Custom, and Legal Practice in China] will be of substantial interest to historians and legal scholars of modern China."—American Historical Review

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Drawing on archival records of particular cases, this study compares late imperial and Republican Chinese law, with an emphasis on rural areas. Both codified law and actual legal practices are compared, and the relationship between code and custom is considered. Chapters focus on the issues like topsoil ownership, old-age support, the status of women, and the construction of marriage. Huang teaches history and Chinese studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804741118
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Law, Society, and Culture in China Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Philip C. C. Huang is Professor of History and founding Director of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. His most recent book is Civil Justice in China: Representation and Practice in the Qing (Stanford, 1996).
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1 From Qing to Guomindang Law
2 Civil Law in the Late Qing and the Early Republic: The Revised Qing Code 15
3 Institutional and Procedural Changes in the Late Qing and the Early Republic 31
4 The Guomindang Civil Code of 1929-30 49
2 Qing and Guomindang Civil Justice Compared
5 Dian 71
6 Topsoil Ownership 99
7 Debt 119
8 Old-Age Support 136
9 Women's Choices Under Qing Law: Marriage and Illicit Sex 155
10 Women's Choices Under Guomindang Law: Marriage, Divorce, and Adultery 180
11 Conclusion 201
Appendix 217
References 219
Character List 229
Index 237
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