Ideology and Interstate Competition

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

Ideology and Interstate Competition

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This chapter takes a look at the Eastern Eurasian conceptions of imperial space and rulership that directed monarchs as they tried to exert and justify sovereignty. It describes the Sui-Tang Confucian and Turkic belief systems, as well as the Sui, Tang, Eurasia, and Turkic elite conceptions of imperial states. It then studies the Sui-Tang Confucian and Turkic ideologies of sacral kingship, before it shows that the rulers of the Sui-Tang and Turks from the sixth to the eighth centuries shared a willingness to take on ideological syncretism and innovation that can be traced to internal and external competition for power.

Keywords: imperial space; rulership; sovereignty; belief systems; imperial states; sacral kingship; ideological syncretism; competition for power

Chapter.  14333 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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