Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics / Edition 1

Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics / Edition 1

by Gregory Smits
     
 

Between 1609 and 1879, the geographical, political, and ideological status of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) was characterized by its ambiguity. It was subordinate to its larger neighbors, China and Japan, yet an integral part of neither. In this innovative and provocative study, Gregory Smits explores early-modern perceptions of Ryukyu and their effect on its… See more details below

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Between 1609 and 1879, the geographical, political, and ideological status of the Kingdom of Ryukyu (modern Okinawa) was characterized by its ambiguity. It was subordinate to its larger neighbors, China and Japan, yet an integral part of neither. In this innovative and provocative study, Gregory Smits explores early-modern perceptions of Ryukyu and their effect on its political culture and institutions. He describes the major historical circumstances that informed early-modern discourses of Ryukyuan identity and examines the strategies used by leading intellectual and political figures to fashion, promote, and implement their visions of Ryukyu. Visions of Ryukyu advances a new interpretation of Ryukyuan history. Rather than regarding early-modern Ryukyu as an appendage of China or Japan, it places the kingdom at the center, highlighting Ryukyuan subjectivity and agency and giving historical depth to modern and contemporary debates on Okinawan identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824820374
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1460L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Ch. 1The Status of Ryukyu and Its Relations with Japan and China15
Ch. 2Looking North and Looking West: Sho Shoken and Tei Junsoku50
Ch. 3Empowering Ryukyuans: The Theoretical Foundations of Sai On's Ryuku71
Ch. 4Re-Creating Ryukyu: Sai On and His Critics100
Ch. 5Contested Visions of Sai On's Ryukyu133
Epilogue and Conclusions143
App. 1Ryukyuan Kings163
App. 2Glossary of Selected Ryukyuan Terms165
List of Abbreviations168
Notes169
Works Cited201
Index209

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