What Do We Mean by the “Ryukyu Kingdom”?
A discussion of the Ryukyu Archipelago and its shifting historical boundaries is followed by an overview of the Ryukyu kingdom’s emergence as an important player in East Asian trade, concluding with a discussion of how recent historiography of the region has been changed by the emergence of previously lost ancient documents.
Keywords: Ryukyu Archipelago, national boundaries, archeology, Ryukyu and early Japan, Ryukyu and Ming China, three kingdoms, pirates, Ryukyu and East Asian trade, New research on East Asia, Rekidai Hōan
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