This collection of essays began life as a panel on “Europe and Asia: Cultural Transfer and Cultural Markets, 1400-1900,” which took place at the 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences (July 2005). As is so often the case with such endeavors, the title of the resulting book promises much more than its contents are able to deliver. What there is of value in it (and it is not inconsiderable) is to be found in certain of its parts rather than in its entirety. This is disappointing because the book is motivated by a goal that clearly has unifying potential: to draw the attention of mainstream historians to the topic of how Europe before contemporary times related to other areas of Eurasia through the mediation of precious objects and practices of artistic significance. This topic is salient because it largely remains—as has long been the case—the preserve of art historians and of collectors. Some might find this surprising in view of the topic’s obvious links to the more general theme of cross-cultural interactions, at the centre of so much debate in historical scholarship over the past two decades. The brief introduction by Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Michael North outlines
Journal of Early Modern History – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2012
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