Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Detachable Groups and Kinship Tensions

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

The Tsongol at the Russian–Qing Border

image of Inner Asia

This paper concerns the formation of detachable political groups among the Mongols in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and the process of their reattachment to larger polities within the Russian and Qing empires. It traces the case of Okin Taisha, who split off from the Abaga Mongols in present-day Inner Mongolia, became a subject of the Russians, then of a Khalkha Mongolian noble, and finally returned to Russia. The paper argues that kinship relations were a crucial means for conceptualising these attachments and detachments. Kinship should not be assumed invariably to imply solidarity, but rather also encodes division, inequality of status, and uncertainty in personal relations. The paper also aims to contribute to understanding of the internal composition of such split-away polities, which were not initially based on kinship, even though their aristocratic leaders expressed their relations with other leaders in kin terms.

Affiliations: 1: University of


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Atwood C. Sneath "Ulus emirs, keshig elders, signatures and marriage partners: the evolution of a classic Mongol institution" 2006a 141 174 2006a
2. Atwood C. Sneath "‘Titles, appanages, marriages, and officials: a comparison of political forms in the Zhungar and thirteenth-century Mongol empires,’" 2006b 207 242 2006a
3. Ayusheev K.L. "‘ Okin—pervyi taisha selenginskikh buryat-mongolov’" [Okin is the first taisha of the Selenga Buryat-Mongols] 2010 (consulted August 2013)
4. Batuev B.B. , Batueva I.B. Ocherki istorii selenginskikh buryat [Essays on the history of the Selenginsk Buryats] 1993 Ulan-Ude Obshchestvenno-nauchnyi Tsentr ‘Sibir’
5. Bell J. Travels from St. Petersburg in Russia to Diverse Parts of Asia. 1762 Glasgow Robert and Andrew Foulis, Printers to the University 2 vols.
6. Di Cosmo N. "Qing colonial administration in Inner Asia" The International History Review 1998 Vol 20 2 287 309
7. Di Cosmo N. Sneath "Competing strategies of Great Khan legitimacy in the context of the Chaqar-Manchu wars ( c.1620–34)" 2006 243 262 2006a
8. Grant B. The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus 2009 Ithaca (NY) & London Cornell University Press
9. Humphrey C. A Monastery in Time: the Making of Mongolian Buddhism 2013 Chicago (IL) Chicago University Press
10. Kivelson V. Cartographies of Tsardom: the Land and its Meanings in 17th Century Russia 2006 Ithaca (NY) & London Cornell University Press
11. Namsaraeva S. "The metaphorical use of avuncular terminology in Buriad diaspora relationships with homeland and host society" Inner Asia 2010 Vol 12 2 201 230
12. Natsagdorj B. "Buriad Mongolyn avga taij naryn ug garvalyg mördsön n’" [Abaga lineage of the Buryat-Mongols: genealogy and succession] Buriad Sudlal 2010 Vol 3 (Ulaanbaatar) 104 22
13. Natsagdorj B. "Tavnanguudyn tukhai ögüülekh n’ ( xvii– xviiizuun)" [On the history of the Tabanguds in the 17th and 18th centuries] Studia Ethnologica (Mongolian Academy of Sciences) 2012 Vol 20 5 85 118
14. Natsagdorj B. "‘ Songol buriadyn tüükh’" [History of the Tsongol Buryads] 2013a (consulted 8 February 2013).
15. Natsagdorj B. xviizuuny mongol-orosyn khariltsaan dakh’ khar’yaatyn asuudal [Russian-Mongolian relations in the 17th century] 2013b Ulaanbaatar Admon Print
16. Rumyantsev G.N. , Okun’ S.B. Sbornik dokumentov po istorii buryatii, xviivek [Documentary history of Buryats] 1960 Vypusk 1 Ulan-Ude AN SSSR BKN-II
17. Serruys H. "A note on arrows and oaths among the Mongols" Journal of the American Oriental Society 1958 Vol 78 4 279 294
18. Serruys H. "The office of Tayisi in Mongolia in the fifteenth century" Harvard Journal of Asian Studies 1977 Vol 37 2 353 380
19. Smith A.D. The Ethnic Origin of Nations 1986 Oxford Blackwell
20. Smolev Ya. S. "Tri tabangutskikh roda selenginskikh buryat" [Three lineages of the Selenginsk Buryats] Trudy Troitskosavskogo-Kiakhtinskogo Otdeleniya Priamurskogo Otdela imperatorskogo Russkogo Geographicheskogo obschestva 1900 Vol vol 1 3 Moscow Izdatel’stvo A.I. Mamonotova 79 135
21. Sneath D. Changing Inner Mongolia: Pastoral Mongolian Society and the Chinese State 2000 Oxford Oxford University Press
22. Sneath D. Imperial Statecraft: Political Forms and Techniques of Governance in Inner Asia, Sixteenth-Twentieth Centuries 2006a Bellingham (WA) Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University, and Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit, University of Cambridge
23. Sneath D. Sneath "Introduction" 2006b 1 22 2006a
24. Sneath D. The Headless State: Aristocratic Orders, Kinship Society, and Misrepresentations of Nomadic Inner Asia 2007 New York Columbia University Press
25. Stasch R. Society of Others: Kinship and Mourning in a West Papua Place. 2009 Berkeley, Los Angeles & London University of California Press
26. Tikhvinskii S.L. , et al Russko-Kitaiskie otnosheniya v xviiveke [Russian-Chinese relations in the 17th century] 1972 Vol Vol 2 Moscow Nauka 1686–1691
27. Trepavlov V.V. ‘Belyi tsar’: obraz monarkha i predstavleniya o poddanstve u narodov rossii xv– xviiivv [‘The White Tsar’: image of monarch and perception of allegiance among peoples of Russia in the 15th–18th centuries] 2007 Moscow Vostochnaya Literature RAN
28. Tsydendambaev Ts.B. Buryatskie istoricheskie khroniki i rodoslovnye [Historical chronicles and genealogy of the Buryat lineages] 1972 Ulan-Ude Buryatskoe Knizhizhnoe Izdatel’stvo
29. Tsyrempilov N.V. Buddizm i imperiya: Buryatskaya obshchina v Rossii ( xviii–nach. xxv.) [Buddhism and Empire: Buryat community in the 18th—beg. of the 20th centuries] 2013 Ulan-Ude IMBT SO RAN
30. Vanchikova Ts. , Chimitdorzhiev Sh. , Ayusheeva M. Buryatskie letopisi [Buryat Chronicles] 2011 Ulan-Ude Izdetal’stvo Respublikanskaya Tipografiya
31. Witsen N. Noord en Oost Tartaryen [North and eastern Tartary] 1785 Amsterdam M. Schalekamp

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Inner Asia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation