Neilabh Sinha, MA

PhD student in History

Title research: Civilised Men: Culture and Power at the Courts of Rudolf II and Jahangir, 1575-1625

Working at KNIR: 19 March - 21 May 2024

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University: Universiteit Leiden

Comparing the collections of Habsburg emperor Rudolf II and Mughal emperor Jahangir, this project argues that early modern cultural activity was a highly specialized political sphere. Asia and Europe appear to differ in their political and cultural development, but the material and visual evidence suggests strong similarities between the two. I thus attempt to circumscribe a political-cultural mechanism that prevailed across early modern Eurasia.