Global Gifts : The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia
(Studies in Comparative World History)
Biedermann, Zoltan (EDT)
Gerritsen, Anne (EDT)
Riello, Giorgio (EDT)
Cambridge Univ Pr 2017/12
301 p. 42 illus. 24 cm.
New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2017. This anthology explores the role that art and material goods played in diplomatic relations and political exchanges between Asia, Africa, and Europe in the early modern world. The authors challenge the idea that there was a European primacy in the practice of gift giving through a wide panoramic review of imperial encounters between Europeans (including the Portuguese, French, Dutch, and English) and Asian empires (including Ottoman, Persian, Mughal, Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Japanese cases).
Global Gifts examines the ways in which material goods contributed to the growth of political exchanges between Asia, Africa and Europe, and specifically how those exchanges influenced the global production and circulation of art and material culture before 1800.
Table of Contents
Introduction: global gifts and the material culture of diplomacy in early modern Eurasia Zoltan Biedermann, Anne Gerritsen and Giorgio Riello; 1. Portraits, turbans and cuirasses: material exchange between Mantua and the Ottomans at the end of the fifteenth century Antonia Gatward Cevizli; 2. A silken diplomacy: Venetian luxury gifts for the Ottoman Empire in the late Renaissance Luca Mola; 3. Diplomatic viories: Sri Lankan caskets and the Portuguese-Asian exchange in the sixteenth century Zoltan Biedermann; 4. Objects of prestige and spoils of war: Ottoman objects in the Habsburg networks of gift giving in the sixteenth century Barbara Karl; 5. The diplomatic agency of art between Goa and Persia: Archbishop Friar Aleixo de Meneses and Shah 'Abbas I in the early seventeenth century Carla Alferes Pinto; 6. Dutch diplomacy and trade in Rariteyten: episodes in the history of material culture of the Dutch Republic Claudia Swan; 7. Gifts for the shogun: the Dutch East India Company, global networks and Tokugawa Japan Adam Clulow; 8. 'From his Holiness to the King of China': gifts, diplomacy and Jesuit evangelization Mary Laven; 9. 'With great pomp and magnificence': royal gifts and the embassies between Siam and France in the late seventeenth century Giorgio Riello; 10. Coercion and the gift: art, jewels and the body in British diplomacy in Colonial India Natasha Eaton.