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Sacred Mandates: Asian International Relations since Chinggis Khan

Timothy Brook, Michael van Walt van Praag, and Miek Boltjes


This book presents a new framework for understanding the history of interpolity relations in Inner and East Asia. It is intended to inspire a less politicized approach to the Asian past and to help address challenges in the region today. The premise is that relations between rulers and states in Asia from the thirteenth century to the twentieth are best analyzed in terms of the interactions of three “worlds”—the Chinggisid Mongol world, the Confucian Sinic world, and the Tibetan Buddhist world. Each constituted a distinct form of civilizational authority and a legal order. Together they mutual ... More

Keywords: empire international relations state sovereignty tribute system Tibet China Mongolia universal mandates Asian history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226562629
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226562933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Brook, editor
University of British Columbia

Michael van Walt van Praag, editor
Kreddha/University of California, Davis

Miek Boltjes, editor