Breaking Bonds

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

Breaking Bonds

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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

Chapter.  7595 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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