David Motadel “Spectacles of Sovereignty: Persian Shahs in Imperial Britain, 1873-1905” (07/02)

Dr David Motadel (Assistant Professor of International History, Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), présentera sa communication “Spectacles of Sovereignty: Persian Shahs in Imperial Britain, 1873-1905” le jeudi 7 février 2019 de 17h30 à 19h30. Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, Paris 6e , salle D421


“The paper explores the royal visits of the Persian monarchs Nasiral-Din Shah (1873, 1878, 1889) and Muzaffar al-Din Shah (1900, 1902,1905) to Imperial Britain. Both monarchs were received with full pomp in places like London, Windsor, and Edinburgh. The visits of the shahs all became huge public events, attracting many thousands of onlookers onto the streets. The paper offers a reinterpretation of the relationship between European and non-European rulers in an age of European domination. It explores how participation in the rituals and ceremonials of a state visit – such as gift-giving, the exchange of decorations, and military spectacle – gave expression to the non-European monarchs’ dynastic legitimacy and their country’s sovereignty. It discusses the ways in which state visits provided non-European monarchs with a way of integrating themselves and their countries into a system of international relations that was dominated by the European powers.”

Discutante : Guillemette Crouzet (Université de Warwick)