Okinawa: The History of an Island People

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Tuttle Publishing, Oct 1, 2000 - History - 573 pages
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"The first full–lenght monograph on the history of the Ryukyu Islands in any Western language…a standard work."—Pacific Affairs

This book is the definitive work on Okinawan History and an important scholarly work in the fields of Japanese studies and Japanese history.
Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan was and continues to be one of the most crucial Asian nerve centers in all U.S. strategic defense. Ninety percent of all U.S. military forces in Japan are located on Okinawa, one of the Ryukyu Islands, and it was through these troops that the martial art of karate was exported to the U.S. In Okinawa: History of an Island People, noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. The histories of Japan, Okinawa and the entire Pacific region are crucially intertwined so the study of this fascinating chain of islands is crucial to understanding all of East Asia. First published in 1958, this edition features a new introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the small, vital, and intriguing island of Okinawa.
  

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User Review  - Neal Hamilton - Goodreads

A detailed introduction to the history of Okinawa. The edition that I read also included a brief set of afterwords thathelped clear up some points both of later Okinawan history and also of new ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Coyne - Goodreads

I'm only on page 120 or so, and it's pretty good. I have about three hundred pages to go. Read full review

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Page 11 - It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed.
Page 13 - The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.
Page 7 - Japan will concur in any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system, with the United States as the sole administering authority, Nansei Shoto south of 29° north latitude (including the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Islands), Nanpo Shoto south of Sofu Can (including the Bonin Islands, Rosario Island and the Volcano Islands) and Parece Vela and Marcus Island.
Page 11 - The three great Allies are fighting this war to restrain and punish the aggression of Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expansion. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories...
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About the author (2000)

George W. Alexander began his martial arts career in 1964 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. His books have been published in the U.S., Japan, England and Italy.

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