The China-Inner Asia Frontier as World History

Jonathan Karam Skaff

in Sui-Tang China and Its Turko-Mongol Neighbors

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199734139
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950195 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Early Empires

The China-Inner Asia Frontier as World History

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This introductory chapter discusses the relations between the Sui and Tang Empires and the surrounding Turko-Mongol pastoral nomadic peoples during the medieval period (580–800 ad). It explains the method and theory used in the present study and studies the China-Inner Asia relations, where it introduces the term “Chinese worldview.” The final part of the chapter discusses several concepts that are included in the following chapters, such as patrimonialism, the China-Inner Asia borderlands, and Sui-Tang cosmopolitanism.

Keywords: Sui Empire; Tang Empire; Turko-Mongol; pastoral nomadic peoples; China-Inner Asia relations; Chinese worldview; patrimonialism; China-Inner Asia borderlands; cosmopolitanism

Chapter.  7430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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