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dc.contributor.editorSiebert, Martina
dc.contributor.editorJun Chen, Kai
dc.contributor.editorKo, Dorothy
dc.contributor.editorSiebert, Martina
dc.contributor.editorChen, Kai Jun
dc.contributor.editorKo, Dorothy
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-23T15:11:47Z
dc.date.available2021-07-23T15:11:47Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20210723_9789048553228_24
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/50189
dc.description.abstractThis volume brings the studies of institutions, labour, and material cultures to bear on the history of science and technology by tracing the workings of the Imperial Household Department (Neiwufu) in the Qing court and empire. An enormous apparatus that employed 22,000 men and women at its heyday, the Department operated a "machine" with myriad moving parts. The first part of the book portrays the people who kept it running, from technical experts to menial servants, and scrutinises the paper trails they left behind. Part two uncovers the working principles of the machine by following the production chains of some of its most splendid products: gilded statues, jade, porcelain, and textiles. Part three tackles the most complex task of all, managing living organisms in nature, including lotus plants grown in imperial ponds in Beijing, fresh medicines sourced from disparate regions, and tribute elephants from Southeast Asia.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::G Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects::GM Museology & heritage studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::H Humanities::HB History::HBJ Regional & national history::HBJF Asian history
dc.subject.otherChina, Qing Court, Material culture
dc.subject.otherImperial Household Department
dc.titleMaking the Palace Machine Work
dc.title.alternativeMobilizing People, Objects, and Nature in the Qing Empire
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.5117/9789463720359
oapen.relation.isPublishedBydd3d1a33-0ac2-4cfe-a101-355ae1bd857a
oapen.relation.isbn9789048553228
oapen.imprintAsian History
oapen.pages347


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