“Manslaughter over an Outhouse”


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“Manslaughter over an Outhouse” is the judicial record of a case of manslaughter in the Anhui province of China in 1721. It is a combination of testimony, summary of interrogations and court hearings compiled by government agencies, and verdict. Although the testimony seems to be in colloquial form, it is not real-time testimony but rather a carefully edited report. The main purpose of the editing was to refine and standardize the language and terminology used in the report so that it could...