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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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Breaking Bonds

Breaking Bonds

(p.272) 9 Breaking Bonds
Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Jonathan Karam Skaff

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the contingent forces that support the bond between patrons and clients. It takes a look at interstate agreements that were formed in the guise of patron-client ties, which were similar to those of domestic patrimonial politics. It shows the vulnerabilities of a ruler’s additional ties with outer clients and the effects of multipolar state relations. This chapter also considers the Sui-Tang and Turko-Mongol monarchs’ search to retain the loyalty of client chiefs.

Keywords:   patron-client ties, domestic patrimonial politics, multipolar state relations, loyalty, client chiefs, interstate agreements

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