The Spirit of Traditional Chinese Law
Leveringstid: Sendes innen 21 dager
Er du interessert i historiebøker ?
Bli med i fordelsklubben Vår historie og få fordelspris kr 362,-
A study of the 'spirit' of the law in imperial China is particularly appropriate, says MacCormack, for a number of laws in the penal codes on family relationships, property ownership, and commercial transactions were probably never meant to be enforced. Rather, such laws were more symbolic and expressed an ideal toward which people should strive. In many cases even the laws that were enforced, such as those directed at the suppression of theft or killing, were also regarded as an emphatic expression of the right way to behave.
Throughout his study, MacCormack distinguishes between 'official' or penal and administrative, law, which emanated from the emperor to his officials, and 'unofficial' or customary, law, which developed in certain localities or among associations of merchants and traders. In addition, MacCormack pays particular attention to the law's emphasis on the hierarchical ordering of relationships between individuals such as ruler and minister, ruler and subject, parent and child, and husband and wife. He also seeks to explain why, over nearly thirteen centuries, there was little change in the main moral and legal prescriptions, despite enormous social and economic changes.