The Question of Self-Governance

The attraction of this work is not that it is a solid piece of research by a scholar of history who gives a careful narrative based on a large volume of material. Rather, while embarking on a field that has yet to be defined, he has left the traces of a powerless, solitary person who roams a sea of words. What draws me to Toriyama’s works, inclusive of this one, are these traces. And, it is these traces that reveal the questions of what is Okinawa’s modern and current history, what are the politics related to this history, and what is the material that relates to the assumptions of historical research based on evidentiary proof...

The Question of Self-Governance

Toriyama Atsushi 鳥山淳. Okinawa: Kichishakai no kigen to sōkoku 沖縄:基地社会の起源と相克 [Okinawa: Origin and conflict in a military base society]. Tokyo: Keisō Shobō 勁草書房, 2013. ISBN: 978-4326200528.

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