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TitleThe Great Ming Code, Da Ming lü 大明律
Topic1. Code and commentaries
Historical periodEarly Ming (1368 -1584)
AuthorJiang Yonglin (transl. and intr.)
SeriesAsian Law Series
Series number17
PublisherUniversity of Washington Press
Place of publicationSeattle and London
Publication typeWoodblock
AbstractThe best English translation of the statutes law of the Ming code, which can be used for the Qing statutes, preferably to the less careful Great Qing Code edited by the late Professor William Jones. Jiang Yonglin's introduction excellently situates the place of 1397 Ming code in the successive legislations from the Tang to the Qing, and analyses the historical context of its publication.
CommentDespite minor changes in the law and more serious alterations caused by the insertion of an interlinear commentary called "small annotations"  (小註) within the main text of Qing statutes, this translation can be used for the Qing or the Ming code as well, thanks in particular to its well thought glossary. However, the work is limited to statute laws 律, that is the structural element, or skeleton, of the pena system. The "flesh", that is the "appended articles" tiaoli 條例 that were gradually added to statutes, are missing.  They are now being translated by Jiang Yonglin and Wu Yanhong, in connection with this project.
KeywordMing, statute law, lü, penal code, tiaoli
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