Tatar confederation

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Tatar
Nine Tatars
Татарын ханлиг
nomadic confederation

 

8th century–1202
Tatar and their neighbours at 1200s.
Capital Not specified
Languages Middle Mongolian
Religion Tengriism (Shamanism)
Government Elective monarchy
Temujin-Uge
Megujin
Jalibukha
Legislature Khurultai
Historical era High Middle Ages
 -  Established 8th century
 -  Disestablished 1202
Today part of  Mongolia
 China

Tatar (Cyrillic: Татар) was one of the five major tribal confederations (khanlig) in the Mongolian plateau in the 12th century. The name "Tatar" was first recorded on the Kul Tigin monument as Old Turkic letter N1.svgOld Turkic letter D1.svgOld Turkic letter O.svgOld Turkic letter B1.svgOld Turkic letter R1.svgOld Turkic letter T1.svgOld Turkic letter T1.svgOld Turkic letter Z.svgOld Turkic letter T1.svgOld Turkic letter O.svg Otuz Tatar Bodun ('Thirty Tatar' tribe) CE. 732.

According to "Book of Song" (section Joujan), "Joujan's (Rouran Khaganate) another name is "Tatar" or "Tartar", and they were Xiongnu's tribe".

The Tatars inhabited the north-eastern Gobi in the 5th century and the Tatars became subjects of Khitan Liao Dynasty in the 10th century. After the fall of the Liao Dynasty, the Tatars experienced pressure from the Jin Dynasty and were urged to fight against the other Mongol tribes. The Tatars lived on the fertile pastures around the lakes Hulun and Buir and occupied a trade route to China in the 12th century.

After the establishment of the Mongol Empire, the Tatars were subjugated by the Mongol Empire under Genghis Khan. Under the leadership of his grandson Batu Khan, they moved westwards, driving with them many of the Turkic peoples toward the plains of Russia.

Their name was used by Russians and Europeans to denote Mongols as well as Turkic peoples under Mongol rule (especially in the Golden Horde). Later, it was used for any Turkic or even Mongolic speaking people encountered by Russians. Eventually however, the name stuck onto the Turkic Muslims of Ukraine and Russia, namely, the descendants of Muslim Volga Bulgars, Kipchaks, and Cumans, and Turkicized Mongols or Turko-Mongols (Nogais), as well as other Turkic speaking peoples (Siberian Tatars, Qasim Tatars, Mishar Tatars).