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Useful to Whom? How Bureaucracy Shapes What We Know about Technology in the Early Modern Iberian State

Historians often describe Iberian administrators as diligent record keepers of “useful” knowledge, but what motivated local bureaucrats was often the desire to show that they knew how to follow the rules.

Renée Raphael
University of California, Irvine

One Missing Document,
and the Problem of Documenting History in the Imperial Archive

What started out as a simple paper chase soon became a project about Qing efforts to generate and track information about local administrative activities…

Maura Dykstra
California Institute of Technology

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