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This front matter section of the book Research from Archival Case Records: Law, Society, and Culture in China contains the table of contents, author biographies and the series foreword. The book presents a fine demonstration of how legal case records can serve as powerful material evidence for the social lives of common people in historical periods. It discusses Qing legal thinking and traditional Chinese law, and reviews a power network analysis rather than a state vs. society frame to analyze the process of modern state-making in late imperial and early Republican China. The book provides the most finely textured look to date at the distinctive social-legal phenomenon of the two-headed families (liangtoujia), deals with past and present local administration and court mediation in China and pays attention to Chinese legal history and current academic climate in China.

Keywords: court mediation; early Republican China; liangtoujia; local administration; Qing legal thinking; traditional Chinese law



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