The Material Culture of Diplomacy in Early Modern Eurasia
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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.
Global Gifts considers the role that the circulation of material culture played in the establishment of early modern global diplomacy.