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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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Ideology and Interstate Competition

Ideology and Interstate Competition

(p.105) 4 Ideology and Interstate Competition
Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Jonathan Karam Skaff

Oxford University Press

This chapter takes a look at the Eastern Eurasian conceptions of imperial space and rulership that directed monarchs as they tried to exert and justify sovereignty. It describes the Sui-Tang Confucian and Turkic belief systems, as well as the Sui, Tang, Eurasia, and Turkic elite conceptions of imperial states. It then studies the Sui-Tang Confucian and Turkic ideologies of sacral kingship, before it shows that the rulers of the Sui-Tang and Turks from the sixth to the eighth centuries shared a willingness to take on ideological syncretism and innovation that can be traced to internal and external competition for power.

Keywords:   imperial space, rulership, sovereignty, belief systems, imperial states, sacral kingship, ideological syncretism, competition for power

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