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  1. Introduction
  2. Law and Order in Ancient China?an Overview
  3. All Chinese history had to be forced into the Procrustean bed of the doctrine.
  4. Practice of Judge Dee
  5. Synthesis of the Information
  6. Conclusion

Social development in most countries is predicated upon the history and tradition of the country in its early years of development. In other words, the direct issues of law and order that have become a part of modern social discourse can be traced back to the historical development of the state. As such, an integral understanding of a countries laws and social customs must give some consideration to the historical context in which the country developed. On by considering this process can the true nature of law and social order be delineated. With the realization that the historical context of the development of law and order must be taken into consideration when examining the modern discourse of a particular country, there is a clear impetus to examine how history has shaped modern conceptions of law and order. Using this as a basis for investigation, this research considers the development of law in order in ancient China.

[...] All who lived within it were free but there was no freedom without it, and again it makes this world strange by showing that it could continue even while forces which have undermined other cultures thrived within it. The only way for Gulik to reconcile these issues was to portray how this society worked in real life. Through the actions of Judge Dee, the reader is given a clear picture of how social order and law are maintained in the context of Confucian rules. [...]


[...] Practice of Judge Dee With the basic context of law and order in China elucidated, it is now possible to apply this information to the practice of Judge Dee. Judge Dee is a fictionalized character created by Robert van Gulik in the late 1950s. In Gulik's novel, Judge Dee presides over court cases in the Ming Dynasty of Ancient China. The character of Judge Dee was created based on the life of Ti Jen-chieh, who was a magistrate during the Tang Dynasty. [...]


[...] Synthesis of the Information When the ancient history of Chinese society is examined in a historical context the manner in which law and social order were developed and maintained in ancient China is clearly elucidated. Although the some Chinese scholars fought to create a pure legalist system?somewhat similar to what currently exists in the West?many scholars believed that law and social order should contain a moral component that was developed in each and every citizen. As such, Confucian scholars worked to develop a form of Confucianism that allowed for the development of a social order predicated upon specific moral issues that were inherent to individual behavior. [...]

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