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Title :Rethinking Ryukyu
Title alternative :琉球を再考する
Authors :Smits, Gregory
Authors alternative :スミッツ, グレゴリー
Issue Date :25-Dec-2015
Abstract :In this essay, I attempt to re-conceptualize the broad contours of the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom. Simply stated, I seek to describe what Ryukyu was. I present Ryukyu as a small-scale empire, created and maintained by military force. Furthermore, it was a composite empire, consisting of smaller parts and sub-parts, whose existence was based mainly on a logic of resource extraction. Ryukyu, in turn was part of larger regional networks, with central nodes located at places like Fuzhou, Beijing, Kagoshima, and Edo. I acknowledge that such a portrayal of Ryukyu is likely to make some readers uncomfortable, owing to a tendency to romanticize Ryukyu’s past. Nevertheless, to comprehend the legacy of the Ryukyu Kingdom within East Asian and Japanese history, I argue that it is beneficial to examine Ryukyu critically and to portray the kingdom in a way that best fits the known evidence. This essay is an initial attempt to do so.1)
Type Local :雑誌掲載論文
ISSN :2185-4882
Publisher :the International Institute for Okinawan Studies, University of the Ryukyus
URI :http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12000/44729
Citation :IJOS: International Journal of Okinawan Studies Vol.6 p.1 -19
Appears in Collections:Vol.6 (2015/12)

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