The Problem of Imperial Relatives in Agrarian and Nomadic Empires
World History Association 4
While historians have long been interested in dynastic succession, to date, little work has been done on the role of imperial relatives and the problems they presented in the formation and operations of the agrarian and nomadic empires. As a result, we have an incomplete picture of the key struggles among the elites of these empires, and lack an understanding of the process of the formation of imperial organizations and operations. This panel addresses this gap by exploring how rulers of Eurasian empires dealt with their imperial relatives, and the consequences of those decisions. In connection with the conference theme of historical scale, the scope of the panel inquiry implicates the experience of different Eurasian empires in time and space. The panel explores the impact of imperial relatives in space across the Eurasian continent from France to China, and in time from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Each panelist will take up a separate region and highlight the particularities of an imperial formation according to the immediate political and cultural circumstances. But at the same time, we note convergences and similarities that link larger trends of historical development and human activity in the medieval and early modern world.
This panel will appeal to scholars of the particular regions under investigation, as well as those interested in the trends and developments of world empires in general. It will further attract historians concerned with the development of political activity and ruling strategies across humans societies.