This companion volume to Jiang Yonglin's translation of The Great Ming Code (2005) analyzes the thought underlying the imperial legal code. Was the concept of the Mandate of Heaven merely a tool manipulated by the ruling elite to justify state power, or was it essential to their belief system and to the intellectual foundation of legal culture? What role did law play in the imperial effort to carry out the social reform programs?In order to elaborate on the internal causes of crimes, Zhu Yuanzhang compared the hearts of asages, worthies, and gentlemena with those of arobbers, thieves, wicked persons, and mean people.a He held that originally, human hearts were allanbsp;...
|Title||:||The Mandate of Heaven and The Great Ming Code (Asian Law Series)|
|Publisher||:||University of Washington Press - 2011-01|