A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (Asia: Local Studies/ Global Themes 17)
By: Karen Wigen (author)Paperback
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Karen Wigen probes regional cartography, choerography, and statecraft to redefine restoration (ishin) in modern Japanese history. As developed here, that term designates not the quick coup d'etat of 1868 but a three-centuries-long project of rehabilitating an ancient map for modern purposes. Drawing on a wide range of geographical documents from Shinano (present-day Nagano Prefecture), Wigen argues that both the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1600-1868) and the reformers of the Meiji era (1868-1912) recruited the classical map to serve the cause of administrative reform. Nor were they alone; provincial men of letters played an equally critical role in bringing imperial geography back to life in the countryside. To substantiate these claims, Wigen traces the continuing career of the classical court's most important unit of governance - the province - in central Honshu.
Karen Wigen is Professor of History at Stanford University. She is the author of The Making of a Japanese Periphery and co-author of The Myth of Continents: A Critique of Metageography, both from UC Press.
Contents List of Illustrations Conventions Followed in the Text Acknowledgments Introduction Part One. A Province Defined 1. Shinano in the Nation 2. Shinano Up Close 3. Shinano in the World Part Two. A Province Restored 4. The Poetry of Statistics 5. Pedagogies of Place 6. A Pan-Provincial Press Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
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