The T'ang Code, Volume II: Specific Articles - Princeton Library of Asian Translations by Wallace Johnson
This is the second and final volume of the annotated translation of the Chinese Basic Law. T'ang Code, written in 653, is the most important legal text in the history…
The T'ang Code, Volume II synopsis
This is the second and final volume of the annotated translation of the Chinese Basic Law. T'ang Code, written in 653, is the most important legal text in the history of East Asia.
Not only is China's first law of survival in its entirety, affecting all subsequent Chinese law, but it has also served as a model for law-making in other East Asian countries, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. This is the only translation of the T'ang code into a Western language.
The first volume of the Code, published in translation in 1979, sets out the basic principles of the Tang Law and explains the structural criteria for the application of these principles. The second volume describes acts punishable by law and enumerates their penalties.
For contemporary readers, T'ang Code is more than just a legal document. The study of 445 "specificarticles" sheds considerable light on Chinese culture.
The picture that has an amazing resonance in contemporary Chinese society - its emphasis on family preservation and the interdependence of power and responsibility, for example. As Western relations with East Asia continue to expand today, it is increasingly important to understand the complexities of the legal system that has evolved over more than 15 centuries.
The full availability of T'ang Code in English is a major contribution to this understanding. Originally published in 1997.
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