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Présences françaises à Okinawa: de Forcade (1844-1846) à Haguenauer (1930)

Abstract : Seen as a stepping stone to Japan and a potential base for Far Eastern operations, Okinawa was the focus of intense French interest in the mid-19th century. Eight priests from the Paris Foreign Missions Society resided on the island between 1844 and 1862. Though French pressures for a treaty prompted the Bakufu to relax its isolationist policy as early as 1846, an agreement with the kingdom of Ryûkyû was not concluded until 1855. These precedents led the Satsuma daimyô and Ryûkyû overlord Shimazu Nariakira to turn to France to establish trade links with the West, an initiative that was cut short by his sudden death in August 1858. In 1878, members of the Ryûkyûan nobility opposed the the annexation of the kingdom by Japan appealed in vain to the French minister in Tokyo. Half a century later, the field research conducted by the linguist and anthropologist Charles Haguenauer showed Okinawa's culture to reflect that of ancient Japan.
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Patrick Beillevaire. Présences françaises à Okinawa: de Forcade (1844-1846) à Haguenauer (1930). Ebisu - Études Japonaises , Maison franco-japonaise, 2013, pp. 133-164. ⟨halshs-01960831⟩



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