Week 3, Lecture 3 HISA04 Themes in World History Mon 24 Sept 2012
Power and Portraits of Rulers
- Picture depicts royalty, image and symbolical clothing express their class/status.
- Faceless model with similar royal-like clothing; depicts who you are is not
important, but rather what you wear is important; clothing grants status or class.
Early Modern Empires and Symbolic Power
Role of Self-presentation and Majesty
The Projection of Power
- Foreign trade creates rising tides in economy; changes economy like taxes for
goods; creates ‘middle man’; taxation extends Emperor’s power and connection in
- Greater trade connections brought greater prosperity + centralization.
- Territory + population grow so does need to project power.
- Need to represent reasons why rule = legitimate; ‘Divine Right’.
- Some Emperors say God gives them the right, or they were given Divine Right, the
right as the ruler was established by God – used in European
Emperor Jahangir; Mughal Empire (lived 1569-1627; reigned 1605-1627)
- Not only religious tolerance was granted, but state had recognition different
religions were ‘worthy’.
- Embrace is kind of li