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CHINA 392B: Law and Society in Late Imperial China (HISTORY 392B)

(Same as LAW 5031.) Connections between legal and social history. Ideology and practice, center and periphery, and state-society tensions and interactions. Readings introduce the work of major historians on concepts and problems in Ming-Qing history.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5
Instructors: Sommer, M. (PI)

HISTORY 392B: Law and Society in Late Imperial China (CHINA 392B)

(Same as LAW 5031.) Connections between legal and social history. Ideology and practice, center and periphery, and state-society tensions and interactions. Readings introduce the work of major historians on concepts and problems in Ming-Qing history.
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5
Instructors: Sommer, M. (PI)

LAW 5031: Law and Society in Late Imperial China

(Formerly Law 773) Our purpose in this colloquium is to understand how law in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) functioned as an instrument of autocratic power, a field of interaction between state and society, and a vital feature of social life. To this end, we shall survey Qing law "from the top down" (the perspective of the imperial center, its ideology, and its political imperatives), but also "from the bottom up" (the perspective of quotidian practice at the local level). We shall explore the friction between ideology and practice within the dynasty's formal legal system, but also the field of customary practice that flourished outside the formal system, sometimes in conflict with it. Readings have been selected to introduce the work of major historians (in English) and to cover a range of basic concepts and problems in this field. One important theme is how scholarly interpretation and debate have changed over time, especially as a result of the opening of Qing legal archives for research. Another theme is the question of what concepts and vocabulary are most appropriate for this field of study. What are the advantages and disadvantages of analyzing the Chinese legal tradition in comparison to the West? Is it possible to understand it "on its own terms"? Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments, Final Paper. Cross-listed with Chinese ( CHINA 392B) and History ( HISTORY 392B).
Terms: Aut | Units: 3
Instructors: Sommer, M. (PI)
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