Korea: A Cartographic History (Hardback)
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Korea: A Cartographic History (Hardback)

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Hardback 160 Pages / Published: 12/06/2012
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The first general history of Korea as seen through maps, "Korea: A Cartographic History" provides a beautifully illustrated introduction to how Korea was and is represented cartographically. John Rennie Short, one of today's most prolific and well-respected geographers, encapsulates six hundred years of maps made by Koreans and non-Koreans alike. Short begins by examining the differing cartographic traditions prevalent in the early Joseon period in Korea and its temporal equivalent in early modern Europe. He then explores the cartographic encounters from roughly 1600 to 1900, highlighting the influence of the rest of the world on Korean cartography. In the final section, Short covers the period from Japanese colonial control of Korea to the present day and demonstrates how some of the tumultuous events of the past hundred years are recorded and contested in maps. He also explores recent cartographic controversies regarding the naming of the East Sea/Sea of Japan and claims of ownership of the island of Dokdo. A common theme running throughout Short's study is how the global flow of knowledge and ideas affects mapmaking, and Short reveals how Korean mapmakers throughout history have embodied, reflected, and even contested these foreign depictions of their homeland.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226753645
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 748 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm


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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 ""
"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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