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Ancient Laws and Modern Problems : The Balance Between Justice and A Legal System.

Author/Creator:
Sassoon, John.
Publication:
Bristol : Intellect Books Ltd, 2005.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (225 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
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Subjects:
Law, Assyro-Babylonian.
Law, Sumerian.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
John Sassoon's study of the written laws of four thousand years ago puts paid to the belief that the most ancient laws were merely arbitrary and tyrannical. On the contrary, the earliest legal systems honestly tried to get to the truth, do justice to individuals, and preserve civil order. They used the death penalty surprisingly seldom, and then more because society had been threatened than an individual killed. Some of the surviving law codes are originals, others near-contemporary copies. Together they preserve a partial but vivid picture of life in the early cites. This occupies more than half the book. Comparison of ancient with modern principles occupies the remainder and is bound to be controversial; but it is important as well as fascinating. The first act of writing laws diminished the discretion of the judges and foretold a limit on individual justice. Some political principles such as uniformity of treatment or individual freedom have, when carried to extremes, produced crises in modern legal systems world wide.
Contents:
Front Cover
Preliminary Pages
CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PHOTOGRAPHIC CREDITS
CHAPTER 1: EMERGENCE FROM PREHISTORY
CHAPTER 2: THE LAW CODES
CHAPTER 3: THE BURDEN OF PROOF
CHAPTER 4: THE CONCEPT OF PROPERTY
CHAPTER 5: THE FAMILY AS PROPERTY
CHAPTER 6: CHILDREN
CHAPTER 7: ADOPTION
CHAPTER 8: RAPE AND THE FAMILY
CHAPTER 9: WOMEN ACCORDING TO THE LAWS
CHAPTER 10: CRUELTY UNDER THE LAW
CHAPTER 11: THE HAMMURABI MYSTERY
CHAPTER 12: LAW IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
CHAPTER 13: ANCIENT LAWS AND MODERN PROBLEMS: THREE PROBLEM PRINCIPLES
CHAPTER 14: ANCIENT LAWS AND MODERN PROBLEMS: JUSTICE AND OTHER HAZARDS
LIST OF REFERENCES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
Back Cover.
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Local notes:
Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Sassoon, John Ancient Laws and Modern Problems
ISBN:
9781841509174
9781841501239
OCLC:
935262928