Korea: A Cartographic History (Hardback)John Rennie Short (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
--Gwilym Eades, Royal Holloway, University of London "Cartographica ""
"A comprehensive and highly interesting examination of Korea through maps. . . . Korea is a pleasure to read, a fully satisfying and rich foray into a fascinating country as seen, by itself and by others, through maps. The archival work, methodological elegance, and convincing argumentation and writing create a scintillating exploration of and guidebook to all things cartographically related to a place that has sometimes been relegated to 'wedge' position between great powers (China and Japan, or communism and capitalism, as the case may be). Seventy-one full-colour plates are interspersed throughout the text, and it feels as though every other page has a treasure waiting behind it. This book is a beautiful production by the University of Chicago Press. . . . A superb introduction to a fine author from whom we can only hope much more of the same is to come."
--Gwilym Eades, Royal Holloway, University of London "Cartographica "
"There are more than a few Korean books of the country's cartographic history, but Korea: A Cartographic History separates itself from others in that it reviews how Korea was incorporated in Western maps, as well as how Korea, East Asia, and the West were represented in and through Korean maps. John Rennie Short, a prolific writer in the areas of geography and urban studies, has also published several books on the history of cartography, the politics of mapmaking, and European maps. He is one of the very few who are qualified to compare European maps to Korean ones in terms of their worldview, geographic knowledge of other territories as well as their own, and uses and purposes of mapmaking. Undoubtedly, this book fills the gap in the current literature on the development of the history of cartography. It also makes a significant contribution to the historical studies of Joseon and colonial Korea, as Korean cartographic representations of and encounters with outside influences would add a new dimension to the existing understanding of the Korean people's relations with others."--Yeong-Hyun Kim, Ohio University
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