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Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol NeighborsCulture, Power, and Connections, 580-800$
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Jonathan Karam Skaff

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734139.001.0001

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Power through Patronage: Patrimonial Political Networking

Power through Patronage: Patrimonial Political Networking

(p.75) 3 Power through Patronage: Patrimonial Political Networking
Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Jonathan Karam Skaff

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Turko-Mongol khanates and introduces a cosmopolitan type of patrimonialism. It takes a look at local society during the North China rebellions, the Sui-Tang imperial palaces, and the Tang bureaucracy and frontier military. This chapter reveals that the contrasting elements of society were combined together politically by patrimonial rulership, horizontal alliances, and vertical patron-client relationships in the Sui, Tang, and Turk empires.

Keywords:   khanates, patrimonialism, local society, North China rebellions, frontier military, patrimonial rulership, patron-client relationships, Tang bureaucracy

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