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Samurai Archives Japanese History Podcast


Jun 8, 2013

Over the next two episodes, your hosts look at the "myth" of Okinawan pacifism.  Okinawa has been held up as an example of a completely pacifistic country victimized over the centuries by invading forces, when the reality is that Okinawa has also seen and perpetuated its own share of violence as it fought bloody wars of unification among the Okinawan island chain, and fought Japanese mainland invaders.

Mentioned in this podcast:

Kerr, George. Okinawa - The History of an Island People Tuttle Publishing; Original edition (October 1, 2000)

Smits, Gregory. Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism

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