Furnishing an Apt Response: Language, Interpretation, and Bureaucratic Knowledge in Early Modern Korea
In Chosŏn Korea, good interpreters required knowledge and skills that went far beyond language learning: their unique practices allowed them to navigate a both rigid and volatile bureaucracy.
What started out as a simple paper chase soon became a project about Qing efforts to generate and track information about local administrative activities...
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.
Nine case studies explore how institutions, and people interacting with them, made sense of their own administered worlds.