Power through Patronage: Patrimonial Political Networking

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

Power through Patronage: Patrimonial Political Networking

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This chapter examines Turko-Mongol khanates and introduces a cosmopolitan type of patrimonialism. It takes a look at local society during the North China rebellions, the Sui-Tang imperial palaces, and the Tang bureaucracy and frontier military. This chapter reveals that the contrasting elements of society were combined together politically by patrimonial rulership, horizontal alliances, and vertical patron-client relationships in the Sui, Tang, and Turk empires.

Keywords: khanates; patrimonialism; local society; North China rebellions; frontier military; patrimonial rulership; patron-client relationships; Tang bureaucracy

Chapter.  14873 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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