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Gregory Smits is an Associate Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He is a social and cultural historian of Japan, whose interests range from the fifteenth through the early twentieth centuries. A specialist in the history of the Ryukyu Kingdom and of the impact of earthquakes on society, he is the author of Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politicsand co-editor with Bettina Gramlich-Oka of Economic Thought in Early-Modern Japan. He is the author of two studies of Japanese earthquakes: When the Earth Roars: Lessons From the History of Earthquakes in Japan and Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Era Earthquakes.
Volcanic Hazards as Components of Complex Systems: The Case of Japan
The Past Matters: Lessons From History and From Japan’s March 11 Earthquake and Tsunami−−３１１
Danger in the Lowground: Historical Context for the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami−−2011311 •Japanese translation available
Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism