Yen, Hawkling L. A Survey of Constitutional Development in China. New York: Columbia University Press, 1911. 136 pp. Reprinted 2005 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584774792. ISBN-10: 1584774797. Hardcover. New. $21.95 * Published at the beginning of China's modern era, which followed the creation of the Chinese Republic in 1911 and the abdication of the last emperor in 1912, Yen reviews significant turning points in the long history of the nation's constitutional history. This is complemented by a parallel history of public law. A student of Charles A. Beard, Yen shares his mentor's sensitivity to the decisive influence of socio-political factors. The final chapter, "Movement For a Written Constitution (1905-1910)" is especially interesting as a sophisticated contemporary account by Chinese legal historian. Originally published as Volume XL, Number 1 in Columbia's series Studies in History, Economics and Public Law.
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