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Title On Nomadic Charisma
Volume Vol. 5 No. 2
Pages pp. 141~164 (all 24 pages)
Publication Date December, 2020
Keyword nomads, Mongol governmentality, Yasa, Chingis Khan, mobility, Inner Asian statecraft, charisma, charismatic rule
Abstract The article closely considers an important aspect of the operation of nomadic charisma that has not yet been sufficiently addressed by historians. To do so, it examines the dynamics of nomadic power relations and the nomads’ ensuing sense of properly balanced relations of power that found its manifestation when their rulers were required to share power in an effective way, one that would satisfy all parties involved. This was translated into the requirement to comply with established norms of social reciprocity toward one’s kinsfolk that became crystallized into certain patterns of behavior. I argue that adherence to these patterns constituted the essential attributes of the nomads’ psychological and cultural expectations that shaped their perception of a charismatic style of ruling.