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This chapter investigates the significance of the Miyako Island Peasantry Movement, which unfolded between 1893 and 1895. This movement, which forced the Japanese state to revise its Preservation of Old Customs Policy is read as an act of refusal that exposed the function that the discourse and policy of preserving old customs and structures played in rationalizing the endocolonization that the Japanese state required in its peripheries during the initial stages of its own formation. What emerges from this investigation is that the implementation in Okinawa of a capitalist mode of production took place partially because of the Japanese capitalist...

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