Turkic Social History

The Gök Türks’ social hierarchy, from the kaghan and his nobles at the top to the slaves at the bottom, combined with the attitudes of both the nobility and the common people towards martial prowess and material wealth created a society that was based on and sustained by raiding and warfare. Courage demonstrated in war earned prestige, and victories provided both the wealth that brought additional status and power, and more captives. In addition, as the Orkhon inscriptions show, the Gök Türk believed that maintaining this hierarchical society would preserve their people’s virtues and prevent them from being corrupted by Chinese luxuries and influence.
Citation Formats
R. Dietrich, Turkic Social History. 2018.