This chapter demonstrates how kinship was demonstrated in Sui-Tang, Turko-Mongol, and Eastern Eurasian societies. It takes a look at the two primary types of kinship bonds in foreign and domestic affairs, which were marriage and fictive kinship. The latter is based on genealogical manipulation, surname bestowal, adoption, and fosterage. The first section focuses on political marriages, including the marriage patterns, and strategic cultures involved, and notes that marriage alliances are one of the most studied features of Eastern Eurasian diplomacy. This is followed by a discussion of fictive kinship, which is taken from the patrimonial preference for modelling the polity on the household.
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