Interpreters as Diplomats: A Diplomatic History of the Role of Interpreters in World Politics

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University of Ottawa Press, 1999 - Political Science - 209 pages
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The purpose of this book is to give an overview of the role played in the relations between nations, throughout history, by translators and interpreters, but especially interpreters. The author has tried to paint a general view of the world in which the political linguist functions, and has functioned, throughout history. This book thus fills a gap left by political historians, who seldom ask themselves in what language the political negotiations they describe were conducted. Nor do they wonder what effect, for good or ill, the level of competence and the personal interests of the interpreter may have had.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
7
CHAPTER 1 The Linguist of Ancient and Medieval Days
9
CHAPTER 2 Europe and the New World to 1919
41
China Japan India
83
CHAPTER 4 From Versailles 1919 to the United Nations
121
CHAPTER 5 Outstanding Interpreters
157
Works Cited
175
INDEX
201
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