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The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia

Mamoru Akamine and Robert Huey


This English translation of an Okinawan scholarly voice provides a compelling new picture of the role played by the Ryukyu Kingdom in pre-modern East Asia. Mamoru Akamine first examines the early history of the Ryukyu Islands, then goes on to detail the vital role the Ryukyu Kingdom played in a vibrant East Asian trade sphere, which centered on Ming China, and connected what we now call Japan, Korea, and China with Southeast Asia. Despite the successful 1609 invasion of Ryukyu by Japan’s Satsuma domain, the kingdom was able to maintain quasi-independence for two and a half more centuries by s ... More

Keywords: Ryukyu Kingdom, East Asia Trade Sphere, Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty, Satsuma, Japan, Annexation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824855178
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824855178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mamoru Akamine, author
University of the Ryukyus

Robert Huey, editor