Chinese law in imperial eyes is a landmark contribution to the emerging field of chinese law and cultural studies li chens sophisticated analyses and wide ranging archive illuminate the complex and fascinating encounter between chinese and european legal traditions in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This book published by columbia university press in december 2015 investigates how the dominant images of china or chinese law were created and how and why they acquired extraordinary and lasting power in the context of sino western encounters from approximately the 1740s through the 1840s by . Chinese law in imperial eyes sovereignty justice and transcultural politics new york columbia university press 2015 416 pp 6000 cloth isbn 978 0 231 17374 2 reviewed by dorothea hoffman. Imperial archives and historiography of western extraterritoriality in china translation of the qing code and colonial origins of comparative chinese law chinese law and society in the formation of european modernity sentimental imperialism and the global spectacle of chinese punishments law and empire in the making of the first opium war. Chinese law in imperial eyes sovereignty justice and transcultural politics empires had to endure the humiliations and anxieties of maintaining a profitable but precarious relationship with china in chinese law in imperial eyes li chen provides a richly textured analysis of these related issues and their intersection with law culture
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