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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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Diplomacy as Eurasian Ritual

Diplomacy as Eurasian Ritual

(p.134) 5 Diplomacy as Eurasian Ritual
Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Jonathan Karam Skaff

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to decode the diplomatic rituals of the Sui-Tang, Turko-Mongol, and Eurasians. It tries to show that supposedly insignificant details in ceremonies had obvious implications for witnesses. It emphasizes the entanglements between the Confucian rituals of interstate relations and those of Eurasia. It then takes a look at some studies of imperial Chinese diplomacy and tries to explain why foreigners were comfortable in participating in Confucian diplomatic rituals over the years, and why external conquest dynasties accepted Confucian rituals for foreign guests.

Keywords:   diplomatic rituals, ceremonies, Confucian rituals, interstate relations, imperial Chinese diplomacy, foreigners, external conquest dynasties

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