Mixed company in the Contact zone: The "glocal" diplomatic efforts of a Prussian East Indiaman in 1750s Cape Verde

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Abstract

This article takes a micro-historical actor-centered approach to study the encounter between the officers of a Prussian East India Company Ship and local elites in 1750s Praia, Cape Verde. Combining recent advances in New Diplomatic History and in Company Studies with insights from the study of Contact Zones and transculturation, it analyzes the diplomatic strategies marginalized and hybrid players could adopt to project themselves onto the early modern global stage and locally counterbalance the hegemonic Northern European Atlantic powers. It thus proposes an alternative model of nonprofessional diplomatic interaction in the early modern period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-441
JournalJournal of Early Modern History
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019

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