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Trial of Modernity: Judicial Reform in Early Twentieth-Century China, 1901-1937

Xiaoqun Xu


This book examines the Chinese judicial system and its operations in the Republican era, filling a gap in the scholarship on modern China, Chinese law, Chinese legal history, and comparative law. It offers an analysis of how judicial reform initiatives were envisioned and pursued by the central government from 1901 through 1937, how the various initiatives were, or failed to be, implemented at the provincial and county levels, and how the reform impacted judicial practices and power relationships in local society. The book sheds light on the reach of the Chinese state, and on the complex inter ... More

Keywords: Chinese judicial system, Republican era, modern China, Chinese law, Chinese legal history, comparative law, judicial reform initiatives, central government, judicial practices, power relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780804755863
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804755863.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xiaoqun Xu, author