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Okinawa, the history of an island people.

Author: George H Kerr
Publisher: Rutland, Vt. : C.E. Tuttle Co., [1958]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats

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Genre/Form: History
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Kerr, George H., 1911-1992.
Okinawa, the history of an island people.
Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co. [1958]
Online version:
Kerr, George H., 1911-1992.
Okinawa, the history of an island people.
Rutland, Vt., C.E. Tuttle Co. [1958]
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George H Kerr
OCLC Number: 722356
Description: xviii, 542 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Part One: Chuzan: Independent kingdom in the Eastern seas --
1. The legendary past (to A.D. 1314) --
Island pathways on ancient sea frontiers --
Prehistoric life in the Ryukyus --
The "Eastern sea islands" of Chinese tradition --
Okinawan origin myths and safe havens in the sea islands --
Chinese and Japanese notices before the 12th century --
Tales of Tametomo, an exiled Japanese, and of his son Shunten --
Traditions of Shunten and other early "kings" on Okinawa --
The Shimazu family in Kyushu: "Lords of the twelve southern islands" --
2. A century of conflict (1314-1398) --
Three rival chieftains bid for Chinese recognition --
Satto of Chuzan: Okinawa and the Chinese tribute system --
Okinawa in maritime trade throughout Far Eastern seas --
Growth and change on Okinawa --
3. The great days of Chuzan (1398-1573) --
Hashi and the "first Sho dynasty" --
The "second Sho dynasty" and its founder, Sho En --
Sho Shin's reign: The "great days of Chuzan" --
Okinawa and the outer islands: Miyako, Yaeyama, and Amami Oshima --
Okinawan trade with the Indies and Southeast Asia --
Formal relations with China --
Relations with Japan: trade and politics --
The turning point. Part Two: Isolation: "Lonely islands in a distant sea" --
4. Continental war and loss of independence (1573-1609) --
War in Korea spells disaster in Okinawa --
Satsuma invades the Ryukyu Islands, 1609 (Keicho 14) --
The condition laid down for a king's ransom --
Serving two masters: The problems of dual subordination --
Protestant traders and Catholic priests in 17th-century Okinawa --
War and rebellion in China and its effect in Okinawa --
Satsuma and the Okinawan trade with China --
5. The years of isolation (1609-1797) --
A new economic life: Agriculture takes the place of foreign trade --
Government and people under Satsuma's watchful eye --
Sho Jo-Ken, prince and prime minister --
Sai On's statesmanship; The struggle for economic survival --
Cultural and intellectual life in the 18th century --
Students abroad and riots at Shuri --
The western barbarians reappear: A second turning point. Part Three: Between two worlds --
6. The Barrier Islands (1797-1853) --
Western rivals in eastern waters --
The Ryukyus on Japan's defense perimeter --
Years of economic disaster --
Satsuma exploits Okinawa to evade the seclusion edicts --
China's attitude toward the western barbarians --
British visitors: Captain Hall's momentous voyage and Napoleon's interest in the Ryukyus --
Missionaries, merchants, and naval diplomats: The Anglo-Chinese wars --
French pressure at Shuri and Satsuma's reaction --
The missionary Bettelheim appears in Okinawa --
Bettelheim creates a problem for the British government --
7. The mouse and the eagle: Perry in Okinawa (1853-1854) --
American pressure on Japan: Perry's plans for Okinawa --
Perry's first visit, May and June, 1853 --
The American base on Okinawa: July, 1853 --
July. 1854 --
The "Lew Chew compact" with the United States --
The end of the Bettelheim Affair --
8. Japan "protects" the Okinawans (1855-1878) --
Okinawa, Satsuma, and the European powers: The Makishi-Onga affair --
Confusion and hardship, 1861-72 --
The last enthronement at Shuri and the Meiji restoration in Japan --
Undefended Okinawa: a frontier problem for Japan --
The Formosa incident: Japan's excuse for strong action --
Tokyo proclaims paramount responsibility for the Ryukyu Kingdom --
Shuri challenges and angers the Tokyo government --
Direct intervention: The Matsuda missions, 1875 and 1879. Part Four: Okinawa-Ken: Frontier province --
9. The Ryukyu Kingdom comes to an end (1879-1890) --
Crisis at Shuri: The king's abdication, March 27, 1879 --
The Ryukyus again become an international issue: General Grant's mediation --
Under the shadow of war: problems of population, education, and social change --
The Japanese in Okinawa after 1879 --
Tokyo's policies: the "do nothing" era and the public welfare --
Economic change under the new dispensation --
Foreigners in Okinawa after Perry's visit --
Substituting new loyalties for old --
10. Assimilation by Japan (1890-1940) --
War and politics: the Chinese threat removed --
Administrative change and the basic land reform --
Development of representation in government --
Economic change int he 20th century --
Population pressure and the emigration problem --
School strikes and the struggle for higher education --
Religion and politics in Japan's assimilation program --
Cultural affairs in the 10th century --
11. Between hammer and anvil: Okinawa and the coming of World War II (1941-1945) --
"National solidarity" and the Japanese military program for Okinawa --
The coming of World War II --
The battle for Okinawa.


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