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Making MicronesiaA Political Biography of Tosiwo Nakayama$
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David L. Hanlon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838461

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838461.001.0001

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A World of Islands

A World of Islands

(p.16) Chapter 1 A World of Islands
Making Micronesia

David Hanlon

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the world of islands in which Tosiwo Nakayama lived, worked, and traveled. Nakayama's life is most closely associated with islands that make up the geographical region called “Micronesia.” Considered by some to be among the most peripheral of peripheries, these bodies nonetheless have been at the center of several of the more historically prominent events of the twentieth century. Tarawa, the Chuuk Lagoon, Guam, Saipan, Angaur, and Peleliu served as sites for some of the most vicious, destructive battles fought between Japanese and American forces during World War II. Tinian, Bikini, and Kwajalein are important in the earliest chapters of the planet's nuclear history. The islands also figure prominently in a myriad of twenty-first-century issues involving the Law of the Sea, global warming, and environmental conservation.

Keywords:   Tosiwo Nakayama, Micronesia, Chuuk Lagoon, World War II, nuclear history, Law of the Sea

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