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Ancient laws and modern problems : the balance between justice and a legal system

Author: John Sassoon
Publisher: Bristol : Intellect, 2004.
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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.  Read more...
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Sassoon, John.
Ancient laws and modern problems.
Bristol : Intellect, 2004
(OCoLC)60383410
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Sassoon
ISBN: 1841509175 9781841509174 1280477032 9781280477034 9781841501239 1841501239
OCLC Number: 61387808
Notes: Originally published: London : Third Millennium, 2001.
Description: 1 online resource (220 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: John Sassoon.

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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  Read more...

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