“This article examines the officials of the central court of the Yuan dynasty, specifically during the reign of Qa’ans Ayurubarwada (Renzong), Kaishan (Wuzong) and (Chengzong) by using the network analysis methodology. By design, the article adopts the so-called co-operative network analysis methodology first proposed my previous article from 2017. Based on this analysis, it reaches the three following conclusion. First, it demonstrates that the “co-operative network analysis” can be a valid approach it determining the importance of an individual. Second, it raises question on the so-called “Sinicization” of Qa’an Ayurubarwada, as the officials in his era do not significantly seem to be more populated with Han Chinese officials in comparison to the era of Qa’an r. Finally, this research indicates that the most central figures during the the reign of these three Qa’an are dominantly non-Han individuals, but at the same time, they also mostly lack systematic records of their activities as seen in the absence of their biographies in The Official History of the Yuan. Thus, this research raises questions on opens new avenues of research in utilizing digital humanities methodologies in studying the Mongol empire.”
As a continuation of one of my former works on DH, I finally managed to extend the scope of analysis and draw a few more graphs. Honestly, the results were not what I had expected, but the beauty of new methodologes is that enables you to ask new questions, and re-examine your own biases.
Data set available at: https://osf.io/84gvp/