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Unless otherwise specified, the descriptions of sources in this section are extracted from Pierre-Etienne Will and collaborators,Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
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TitleXuean chumo 學案初模
Short title(Elementary Models to Study Cases)
Topic2.2 Judicial cases: Local casebooks
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
AuthorYilibu 伊里布 (Z. Xinnong 莘農)
Publication typeWoodblock
AbstractA series of 20 model cases (most of them capital) having occurred in Yunnan in the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods, compiled from the Yunnan archives by Yilibu while he was Yun-Gui governor-general. As stated in the compiler’s preface, the aim of the work was to present Yunnan and Guizhou officials with examples of investigations and judicial decisions dealing with ordinary cases—as opposed to affairs raising complex technical or theoretical issues of law, as is the case with most such anthologies—that would help inexperienced officials not to have their decisions rejected by the board, with all the ensuing trouble in terms of new investigations, moving prisoners back and forth for further interrogation, and so on. The cases, all of them approved by the board, are classified by type of crime. The text consists of full quotations of the confessions extracted from the defendants, accusers and witnesses, and of the conclusions reached at each step of the procedure, with some comments written in the upper margin detailing the proper way to proceed, how to write down the depositions, and so forth.
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