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The Dreams of Kings: A Comparative Discussion of the Recorded Dreams of Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Peter the Great of Russia

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Brittlebank, K, The Dreams of Kings: A Comparative Discussion of the Recorded Dreams of Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Peter the Great of Russia, Journal of Early Modern History: Contrasts, Contacts, Comparisons, 13, (5) pp. 359-74. ISSN 1385-3783 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1163/138537809X12561888522152

Abstract

A comparative study of some recorded dreams of two significant royal figures-Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Tsar Peter the Great of Russia-allows us to ask whether we can see similar processes at work. This is done in order to re-assess the view that Peter's actions in this regard reflected his curious nature and not a belief in the prognostic or divinatory qualities of dreams. By drawing on the latest scholarship on historical dreams and dreams in history, this re-assessment underlines the importance of cultural and historical context to the understanding of dreams and dream practices, as well as the close connection between dreaming and authority. © 2009 Brill.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Asian History
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Author:Brittlebank, K (Dr Kate Brittlebank)
ID Code:59510
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2009-12-04
Last Modified:2012-02-20
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