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http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp Hammurabi laid down the law in Babylon. Between 1795 and 1750 B.C., he generously dispensed capital punishment, even for offenses like running a raucous tavern. For a look at Hammurabi’s code, plus other historical documents from ancient times to the present, look at the Web site of the Avalon Project at Yale Law School. ...

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

Hammurabi laid down the law in Babylon. Between 1795 and 1750 B.C., he generously dispensed capital punishment, even for offenses like running a raucous tavern. For a look at Hammurabi’s code, plus other historical documents from ancient times to the present, look at the Web site of the Avalon Project at Yale Law School. The project, established in 1996, weaves together historical documents — and history — by linking passages of text in each document to the full text of any related document.

History fans can browse through documents by century, title, or author — or search the whole archive. Particularly worthwhile is the Major Document Collections section. Organized by subject, it provides fascinating background to many historical and contemporary crises. For example, "Palestine 1916-1999: A Documentary Record" explains the origins of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through documents such as the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, in which Britain and France carved up the Middle East between them.

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