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Visualizing Portuguese PowerThe Political Use of Images in Portugal and its Overseas Empire (16th–18th Century)

 - Visualizing Portuguese Power
This publication offers new insights into the broad and differentiated spectrum of functions images could assume in political contexts in those areas dominated by the Portuguese in early modern times. How were objects and artifacts staged and handled to generate new layers of meaning and visualize political ideas and concepts? And what were the respective reasons, means, and effects of the visualization of Portuguese power and politics?
Images have always played a vital role in political communication and in the visualization of power structures and hierarchies. They gain even more importance in situations where non-verbal communication prevails: In the negotiation processes between two (or more) different cultures, the language of the visual is often thought of as the most effective way to acquaint (and overpower) the others with one's own principles, beliefs, and value systems. Scores of these asymmetrical exchange situations have taken place in the Portuguese overseas empire since its gradual expansion in the 16th century.
Edited by Urte Krass.
Texts by Urte Krass, Carla Alferes Pinto, Márcia Almada, Maria Berbara, Pamila Gupta, Barbara Karl, Giuseppe Marcocci, Giuseppina Raggi, Jeremy Roe, Ines G. Županov, Jens Baumgarten.
published in December 2016
English edition
16 x 24 cm (hardcover)
312 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-03734-742-3
EAN : 9783037347423
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