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The Ryukyu KingdomCornerstone of East Asia$
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Mamoru Akamine and Robert Huey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855178

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855178.001.0001

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What Do We Mean by the “Ryukyu Kingdom”?

(p.1) Introduction
The Ryukyu Kingdom

Mamoru Akamine

, Lina Terrell, Robert Huey
University of Hawai'i Press

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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