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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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documentTypeBook
TitleHunan shengli cheng’an 湖南省例成案 [Provincial Regulations and Leading Cases of Hunan Province]
Topic3.2 Regulations collections: local regulations
Historical periodLate Qing (1797-1911)
CountryChinese
Collection中國古代地方法律文獻 (丙編) Vol. 1-6
Publication typeWoodblock
Comment

A large archive (68 fasc.) including over 800 regulations and precedents in force in the province to serve as a guide and reference to local administrators. The principle of organization, apparent in the very long two-fasc. mulu (the relevant part being repeated at the head of each chapter), is the Penal Code, viz. its seven parts, and then in each part a selection of the statutes, under which all the documents are systematically classified and whose captions are recalled in the central margin, thus providing a convenient means of locating whatever type of information. Each part has separate juan-numbering, viz. General Principles (名例律), 2 j.; Personnel (吏律), 5 j.: Revenue (戶律), 34 j.; Rites (禮律), 2 j.; War (兵律), 17 j.; Justice (刑律), 20 j.; and Works (工律), 2 j. A few regulations may belong to the more general circulars received across the entire empire, but virtually all the rest consists of documents actually originating from Hunan. For example, under the first statute of the Code (“Five Punishments”) are found general regulations on the size and weight of the instruments of torture, but the rest is cases of misuse of torture adjudicated in Hunan; under the statute “Crimes by foreigners” (化外人有犯) in the “General Principles” part are orders and regulations from the Hunan governor dealing with Miao aborigines; likewise, under the statute “Not maintaining dikes in time” (失時不修堤防) in the “Public Works” section are a large number of cases, directives, regulations and reports dealing with the problems of protection and drainage specific to the province. Under the statute “Fires” (失火) are found many directives on combating fire. All the domains of administration are concerned. See also Hunan bubo cheng’an.

SubjectLaw
LanguageChinese
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