Nanyo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945
416pp. May 1988
Nanyo: The Rise and Fall of the Japanese in Micronesia, 1885-1945
Author: Peattie, Mark R.;
"[Peattie’s] remarkably readable narrative goes far beyond military and diplomatic history." —Choice

"Peattie’s comprehensive and fascinating book adds greatly to our knowledge of colonial governments in general, the Japanese empire in particular, and the global significance of the Pacific Islands." —The Contemporary Pacific

"The significance of this book by Peattie, a lifelong scholar of the Japanese empire, is that it brings Japan’s 30-year imperial adventure in the Pacific out of the shadows at last. While indispensable for those who have a special interest in the vast part of Micronedia that Japan ruled, the author’s contribution has an importance for others as well. It offers a carefully researched and penetrating look into the heart and soul of one of the very few non-Western colonial powers in the Pacific." —Francis Hezel, Journal of Pacific History
Pacific Islands Monograph Series, No. 4
Published in association with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i
Author: Peattie, Mark R.;
Mark R. Peattie, a professor of history and director of the program in East Asian studies at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, is also an associate in research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. He is the author of Ishiwara Kanji and Japan’s Confrontation with the West, and coeditor of The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1885-1945.
"Japan’s influence was pervasive and well orchestrated; the Japanese had clear objectives in mind. Micronesians were to be absorbed into the Japanese empire, and eventually Japanese and other Asians would come to outnumber Islanders in their own homeland by a ratio of two to one. While his focus is upon the Japanese, Peattie helps us to understand much of Micronesia’s history and why things are the way they are today." —from the Editor’s Note
Figures, xi
Photographs, xiii
Preface, xv
Achnowledgments, xix

1 Distant Shores: The First Japanese in Micronesia, 1885–1914, 1
2 South into the Pacific: The Japanese Acquisition of Micronesia, 1914–1922, 34
3 The Iron Cherry Blossom; The Structure of Japanese Authority in Micronesia, 62
4 A Trust Betrayed?: Japanese Policy toward the Micronesians, 81
5 Making Paradise Pay: Japanese Development and Exploitation of Micronesia, 118
6 From Ripple to Riptide: Japanese Immigration into Micronesia, 153
7 Japan in the Tropics: The Varieties of Colonial Life, 198
8 A Question of Bases: The Japanese Militarization of Micronesia, 230
9 "Crushed Jewels" and Destitute Garrisons: The Nanyô Conquered, 1941–1945, 257

Epilogue, 311
Notes, 321
Bibliography, 351
Index, 369