Interpreting the Declaration of Independence by Translation

How does translation affect how we understand the past? In this roundtable, historians discuss the translation and reception of the Declaration of Independence in Japan, Mexico, Russia, China, Poland, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Israel. In addition to these reflections, the site includes actual translations of the Declaration into several different languages and “retranslations” back into English to illustrate the effects of translation on how a key historical document has been understood.

chnm.gmu.edu/declaration/

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