The History of the Contractual Thoughts in Ancient China

  • Yunsheng¬†Liu

About this book


This book explores the intellectual history of contract law in ancient China by employing archaeological and empirical methodologies. Divided into five chapters, it begins by reviewing the origin of the contract in ancient China, and analyzing its name, primary form, historical premise and functions. The second chapter discusses free will and lawfulness in the establishment of a contract, offering insights into the impact of contracts on social justice. In turn, the third chapter addresses the inner core of the contract: validity and liability. This allows readers at all levels to identify the similarities and differences between contracts from different eras and different parts of the world, which will also benefit those pursuing comparative research in related fields. Chapters four and five offer a philosophical exploration of contract history in ancient China, and analyze key aspects including human nature and ethical justice.


Ancient China Ethical and contracts Evolution of contract intellectual Institution framework Types of contract Interaction between family regulation and state laws Autonomous administration in village Self-determination in clans Village adjusting Communication between village and city

Authors and affiliations

  • Yunsheng¬†Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Law School, Research Centre of Real EstateGuangzhou UniversityGuangzhouChina

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