Okinawa: The History of an Island People

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Tuttle Publishing, 11 окт. 2011 г. - Всего страниц: 592
"The first full–length monograph on the history of the Ryukyu Islands in any Western language…a standard work."—Pacific Affairs

Okinawa: The History of an Island People is the definitive book available in English on the history of Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands, and an influential scholarly work in the field of Japanese studies. The histories of Japan, Okinawa and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined; therefore the review of this fascinating chain of islands is crucial to understanding all of East Asia.

Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan is a hub for international affairs. The island was, and continues to be, one of the most crucial Asian nerve centers in all U.S. strategic defense. Ninety percent of all U.S. military forces in Japan are located on Okinawa, and more than 500,000 military personnel and their families have lived there.

In Okinawa: The History of an Island People, noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. First published in 1958, this edition features an introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the intriguing island of Okinawa.
 

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My interest in Okinawa and the other Ryukyu Islands primarily stems from my study of traditional Okinawan martial arts, specifically karate and more recently kobudō. Okinawa: The History of an Island ... Читать весь отзыв

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xiii
1945
THE LEGENDARY PAST TO A D 1314 21
A CENTURY OF CONFLICT 13141398 60
THE GREAT DAYS OF CHUZAN 13981573 83
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Approach to the Main Gate of the Enkakuji Shuri following page 70
Sho En Founder of the Second Sho Dynasty 118
JAPAN PROTECTSTHE OKINAWANS 18551878 342
THE RYUKYU KINGDOM COMES TO AN END 18791890 381
ASSIMILATION BY JAPAN 18901940
The Ruins of Nakagusuku Castle Near Shuri 326
Majikina Anko 422
Vice Admiral Kanna Kenwa 422
FIGURES
OKINAWA AND THE COMING OF WORLD WAR II 1941

CONTINENTAL WAR AND LOSS OF INDEPENDENCE 15731609 151
THE YEARS OF ISOLATION 16091797 183
THE BARRIER ISLANDS 17971853 237
PERRY IN OKINAWA 18531854 297
The Court Interpreter 185354 326
The Reverend Doctor Bernard Jean Bettelheim 326
Ancient Pathways into the Sea Islands page 25
NOTES 475
King of Chuzan and His Sons 1756 189
Chinese Envoys at Sogenji 1756 213
AFTERWORD BY MITSUGUSAKIHARA
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George Kerr served as a United States diplomat to Taiwan during World War II before embarking on a notable career as an author and academic. He wrote numerous books and articles about Taiwan and Japan including Formosa Betrayed and The Taiwan Confrontation Crisis.

Mitsugu Sakihara was an Okinawa history scholar who served as president of the Hawaii International College and professor at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

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