China-Inner Asian Borderlands: Discourse and Reality

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

China-Inner Asian Borderlands: Discourse and Reality

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This chapter presents a comparison of the Sui-Tan elite perceptions of the borderlands with the complications of interethnic relations in frontier regions. It describes the attitudes of the Sui-Tang elites towards the Turko-Mongols and discusses Confucian ideology and record-keeping practices that influenced premodern historiography to overlook the Turko-Mongols and other borderland inhabitants living within the empires. This chapter also assesses the Sui-Tang elite, the role of Turko-Mongols, and the China-Inner Asian borderlands.

Keywords: Sui-Tang elite; perceptions; interethnic relations; frontier regions; Confucian ideology; record-keeping practices; premodern historiography; Turko-Mongols

Chapter.  9547 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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