Measured Reciprocity: English Ambassadorial Gift Exchange in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Author: Jansson, Maija
Source: Journal of Early Modern History, Volume 9, Numbers 3-4, 2005 , pp. 348-370(23)
Abstract:This article examines the nature of ambassadorial gifting by placing the subject within the framework of the important works on gifts and giving. It explains the place of gifts within the ceremonials preceding negotiation, and the reason for that. Ultimately it shows how the value of ambassadorial gifts was calculated in order to create a certain reciprocity in giving.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2005-07-01