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Flexibility and Limitation in Steppe Formations: The Kerait Khanate and Chinggis Khan

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This volume examines the circumstances that brought about the rise of the Mongolian empire. Twelfth-century Asia and the tribal politics of Inner Asia are examined on macro and micro levels. The study concentrates on the Keraits, one of the most powerful tribal peoples of Inner Asia during Chinggis Khan's early rise to power and one of the greatest losers in the ensuing po ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by Brill Academic Publishers (first published January 1998)
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What ideology underlay the detribalization policies of Chinggis Khan?
What ideology did the old tribal order have – and those who stood against Chinggis, his sworn brother Jamugha, or the mysterious figure of Jaqa Gambu, brother of his ally-turned-enemy Toghrul Khan?

This is a reconstruction from the texts – one that very carefully tries to give back to obscure tribes and individuals on the steppe of the twelfth and early thirteenth century, their motivations, their beliefs, their commitments.

Isenbike Togan looks at the dynamics of how one particular central Asian tribe got swallowed up into the Mongol Empire but then reemerged as a distinct group on the other side when the empire dissolved. Her choice of tribe was especially interesting in that it was a group that was not homogenous in terms of family/blood ties. She looks at both power and economic dynamics and acknowledges the voluntary nature of some cultural changes as an informed choice in response to economic incentives. A ver ...more
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“I followed methods used by Francis W. Cleaves for reading texts. For him reading texts did not mean only using philological tools and methods to let the text speak for itself. It also meant reconstructing the historical context. This process then needed to be followed by an attempt to understand the text not only as a piece of workmanship and skill and scholarship but as something telling us about the sentiments, ideas, ideals of human beings. It was the person emerging from the text that made reading texts with Francis W. Cleaves so exciting. Following this method, I encountered the conflicts and tensions of those times and tried to show the complexity of a situation that we usually regard as primitive. I hope that I have been able to transmit some of this to my readers.” 0 likes
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