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Yeke Caaji, the Mongol-Oyirod Great Code of 1640: innovation in Eurasian state formation

Taupier, Richard 2018. Yeke Caaji, the Mongol-Oyirod Great Code of 1640: innovation in Eurasian state formation. Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) 5 (1) , pp. 267-330. 10.18573/alt.38

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This paper is concerned with a well known but little-studied document from the mid seventeenth century, often called The Mongol-Oirat Great Code of 1640, or simply Yeke Caaji, Great Code, in old Mongolian. Historically it marked one of the last political strategies of two divisions of the Mongol Empire, established by Chinggis Khaan in 1206, to remain free of external political authority. The introduction explores the geo-political context of the Great Code and posits that it was an important and innovative document that established the political sovereignty of multiple non-imperial states. The document is based on Mongolian and Buddhist ideological principles and was an effort to coordinate multiple polities in order to withstand the early imperial enterprise of the Manchus. A translation of the twenty-page Great Code, from Western Mongolian Clear Script is included as well as a Latin script transliteration of the original text.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Information Services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BQ Buddhism
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Publisher: Cardiff University Press
ISSN: 2051-5863
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 February 2019
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2018
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 11:48

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