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Law and Long-Term Economic ChangeA Eurasian Perspective$
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Debin Ma and Jan Luiten van Zanden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772730

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772730.001.0001

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Contracts, Property, and Litigation

Contracts, Property, and Litigation

Intermediation and Adjudication in the Huizhou Region (Anhui) in Sixteenth-Century China

(p.91) Chapter Five Contracts, Property, and Litigation
Law and Long-Term Economic Change
Harriet T. Zurndorfer
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines issues related to the nature of legal decisions and the use of evidence and court procedures in China. It shows the active litigation culture from the Song dynasty to the Ming dynasty, during China's “second commercial revolution.” The study on Huizhou prefecture shows that the rapidly growing number of legal disputes, particularly those involving increasingly complex land rights, had overrun administrative legal systems and led to the increasing involvement of informal and community or village level in arbitration and dispute settlement.

Keywords:   Chinese court procedures, litigation culture, Song Dynasty, Huizhou prefecture, dispute resolution

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