Introduction. Gift and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives

Birgit Tremml-Werner, Lisa Hellman, Guido van Meersbergen
2020 Diplomatica  
Gifts and tribute have become a mainstay of scholarship on early modern diplomacy, particularly in studies of intercultural contacts. While New Diplomatic History has shown that a much wider and more global range of actors participated in shaping diplomatic contacts than was traditionally assumed, we still remain some distance removed from a truly global account of the interactive development of diplomatic norms and practices. This introduction situates the contributions in the special issue on
more » ... "Gifts and Tribute in Early Modern Diplomacy: Afro-Eurasian Perspectives" within a survey of recent literature. It suggests that future scholarship on early modern diplomacy ought to focus on the ways in which global entanglements affected the structures, norms, and practices of inter-polity relations on a global scale. To achieve such an integrated account, future research will need to draw on an expanded range of voices, languages, concepts, and sources, as well as more concerted scholarly collaborations.
doi:10.1163/25891774-02020001 fatcat:c4hqlrkmtvdzjj7hvajwmv3p6m