By Kären Wigen
K?ren Wigen probes neighborhood cartography, choerography, and statecraft to redefine recovery (ishin) in sleek jap background. As constructed right here, that time period designates now not the fast coup d'?tat of 1868 yet a three-centuries-long undertaking of rehabilitating an historical map for contemporary reasons. Drawing on quite a lot of geographical files from Shinano (present-day Nagano Prefecture), Wigen argues that either the founding father of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1600-1868) and the reformers of the Meiji period (1868-1912) recruited the classical map to serve the reason for administrative reform. Nor have been they on my own; provincial males of letters performed an both severe function in bringing imperial geography again to lifestyles within the nation-state. to confirm those claims, Wigen lines the ongoing profession of the classical court's most crucial unit of governance--the province--in important Honshu.
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But the eªort is richly rewarded. For one thing, delineating an individual province illuminates how freely these topological maps reordered national space. For another, it yields a definitive inventory of destinations with which a place like Shinsh[ had come to be identified. Finally, it shows how commercial maps synthesized Kyoto- and Edo-centric views even while superimposing on both the priorities of the traveling public. Harmonizing the cartographic visions produced from these rival seats of power, published maps for travelers presented Japan as a bicentric network, one with more or less equally prominent metropolitan clusters in the west and in the east.
But for most Japanese, the passage to modernity—and the route to national identity—led not around the province but through it. As a result, instead of being cast oª, intermediate a‹liations and institutions alike were positively enhanced by the modernization project. This makes the chorographic archive a vital arena for historical inquiry. Prosaic as well as provincial, the works surveyed here may not always make for a gripping read, yet their sheer profusion proves that they mattered. Whether in maps or tables, digests or newspapers, meso-level places were profusely documented, dissected, and displayed introduction 19 from the seventeenth century to the twentieth.
29 At the same time, however, like the introduction 11 Tokugawa before them, the oligarchs overlay the kuni with a separate set of administrative units—including a new category of statoids30 that took their name from Chinese imperial geography. These were the districts put in place to oversee confiscated shogunal lands, which were newly styled in SinoJapanese as ken (prefectures). The early ken did not at first encompass all of the national territory; for three years they shared the field with hundreds of surviving domains (now designated by another Sino-Japanese term, han).
A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600-1912 (Asia: Local Studies Global Themes) by Kären Wigen