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Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and Their Frontier Zones

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019. 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Humanities Center Boardroom
Workshop: 
Eurasian Empires 2018
Meeting Description: 

The workshop will convene at 5:30 for dinner. Then Dr. Flores will give a short background sketch of his work, followed by questions and discussion.

Dr. Jorge Flores is a professor of early modern global history at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He completed his PhD in history in 2004 at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal. His research and teaching interests include the Portuguese seaborne empire, the Mughal empire, Sri Lanka, and maritime history. His new book, entitled Unwanted Neighbors: The Mughals, the Portuguese, and Their Frontier Zones, describes the encounter between the Mughal emperor Akbar and a group of Portuguese merchants in Khambayat in 1572. The book examines the ensuing long, complex, and unequal relationship between a continental Muslim empire that was expanding into South India and a European Christian maritime empire whose rulers considered themselves 'kings of the sea'. Focusing on borderland management, imperial projects, and cross-cultural circulation, this volume delves into the ways in which, between c. 1570 and c. 1640, the Portuguese understood and dealt with their undesirably close neighbours - the Mughals.

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