Tim's insightful comment made me think of possibilities for extending the space of comparison. It would be interesting, for example in a grad seminar, to start with this document and similar examples of bureaucratic production in the past (Qing and Republican) but then add examples from other bureaucracies. And not just the socialist ones.
Last month on the original PRCHistory email list Felix Wemheuer asked about reviews of Dikötter's Tragedy of Liberation. A joint review of Mitter's China's War with Japan and Dikötter's book was just published here:
This document is an absolute delight. Of course, we all see the similarity in layout to Repbulican administrative documents and echoes of Qing documents.
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“What is a document?” If we ask Google, we discover that this question has been asked some 1.24 million times in German already. In English, there are already in excess of 153 million texts “out there” that might provide an answer, given that they contain the phrase “A document is…”. When I checked, I found to my surprise that one relevant internet text that does not is the U.S.