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Meiji at 150

Meiji at 150 Podcast, Episode 065, Dr. Marco Tinello (Hōsei University & Waseda University) Tinello, Marco; Grunow, Tristan


In this episode, Dr. Tinello traces the origins of “Ryūkyū Shobun” and the Japanese colonization of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in the 1870s to Ryūkyūan embassies sent to Edo during the early modern period. We discuss the political importance of these embassies for the Tokugawa, the Ryūkyūs, and Satsuma, re-position the embassies in the complicated politics of Bakumatsu, and reinsert Ryūkyū into diplomatic negotiations with the Western powers from the 1850s.

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