Poor but Not Pirates:

Robert J. Antony

in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028115
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206915 | DOI:
Poor but Not Pirates:

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This chapter describes a case study of the Tsushima domain and foreign relations in early modern Japan. It explains that though the island of Tsushima served as a major center for piracy in the waters around Japan and Korea during the late medieval period, the island's leaders entered into agreements with the Korean court and with the Japanese central authority that gave them special privileges in Japanese-Korean trade during the sixteenth century. It discusses why poverty did not lead Tsushima leaders to revive piracy and shows how financial and other awards from the Korean and the Japanese governments stifled piracy.

Keywords: Tsushima domain; foreign relations; piracy; Japan; Korea; poverty

Chapter.  5284 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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