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A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912
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A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (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.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly modern history: c 1450-1500 to c 1700History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsRegional & national historyAsian history Publisher: University of California Press Publication Date: 11/05/2012 ISBN-13: 9780520272767  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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.

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