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A malleable map [electronic resource] : geographies of restoration in central Japan, 1600-1912 /
Kären Wigen.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
description
xvii, 319 p., 16 p. of plates : maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520259181 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520259188 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
isbn
0520259181 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520259188 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Shinano in the nation -- Shinano up close -- Shinano in the world -- The poetry of statistics -- Pedagogies of place -- A pan-provincial press.
general note
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Prelim. p.
catalogue key
9544293
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"In this highly original work, author Kären Wigen takes the reader on an exciting journey across the elaborate history and colorful techniques of Japanese cartography. Through a series of wonderful stories, we learn of the progression of fudoki and kuniezu, early mapping to gazetteers, modern techniques of mapping, statistical yearbooks, and newspapers. The author has a talent for masterfully stating her inferences and conclusions, while also leaving the reader much room and motivation to think forward. This is truly a fascinating work. And of course, the maps are gorgeous."--Helen Hardacre, Harvard University " A Malleable Map masterfully interleaves debates within Japanese history with issues of interest beyond the national field. In addition to its important contributions to rethinking the role and meanings of provincial spaces in the creation of a modern Japanese state, it speaks to broad theoretical and historical ideas of the role of maps, of conceptual geography, of the local and the national, and, strikingly, of the past, of history itself, in the formation of modern nations. Wigen works deftly between metaphorical and actual forms of mapping, building a conceptual bridge between the early chapters on actual maps with the later chapters on the dissemination of geographic ideology through textual sources. Further, her insightful discussion of the importance of various kinds of scaling in historical analysis is a beautiful model of the productive synthesis of theory and practice. The book negotiates the complex layering of competing local, national, and international forces to create a dynamic picture of the meaning of space to residents and rulers over a span of centuries. A Malleable Map is a major accomplishment and a delight to read."--Valerie A. Kivelson, author of Cartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Russia " A Malleable Map is a striking example of what a historically deep, learned, and meticulous examination of maps and geographical place-making can teach us. Wigen's compelling analysis and stunning graphics sets a new standard for understanding the production of spatial identity."--James C. Scott, Yale University
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"In this highly original work, author KÄren Wigen takes the reader on an exciting journey across the elaborate history and colorful techniques of Japanese cartography. Through a series of wonderful stories, we learn of the progression of fudoki and kuniezu, early mapping to gazetteers, modern techniques of mapping, statistical yearbooks, and newspapers. The author has a talent for masterfully stating her inferences and conclusions, while also leaving the reader much room and motivation to think forward. This is truly a fascinating work. And of course, the maps are gorgeous."--Helen Hardacre, Harvard University "A Malleable Mapmasterfully interleaves debates within Japanese history with issues of interest beyond the national field. In addition to its important contributions to rethinking the role and meanings of provincial spaces in the creation of a modern Japanese state, it speaks to broad theoretical and historical ideas of the role of maps, of conceptual geography, of the local and the national, and, strikingly, of the past, of history itself, in the formation of modern nations. Wigen works deftly between metaphorical and actual forms of mapping, building a conceptual bridge between the early chapters on actual maps with the later chapters on the dissemination of geographic ideology through textual sources. Further, her insightful discussion of the importance of various kinds of scaling in historical analysis is a beautiful model of the productive synthesis of theory and practice. The book negotiates the complex layering of competing local, national, and international forces to create a dynamic picture of the meaning of space to residents and rulers over a span of centuries.A Malleable Mapis a major accomplishment and a delight to read."--Valerie A. Kivelson, author ofCartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Russia "A Malleable Mapis a striking example of what a historically deep, learned, and meticulous examination of maps and geographical place-making can teach us. Wigen's compelling analysis and stunning graphics sets a new standard for understanding the production of spatial identity."--James C. Scott, Yale University
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Appeared in Choice on 2010-12-01:
A standard trope of modernization theory is that personal attachments with local communities are eroded, if not eliminated, by their transformation into impersonal, standardized societies. Wigen (Stanford) challenges this assumption in the case of one region in modern Japan, Nagano, whose roots in its older articulation as "Shinano" still "occup[y] a distinctive niche in the Japanese imagination." Why and how this evolved is central to this study of Japan's "domestic armature." As Wigen puts it, Shinano is a "landscape where maps and text, region and nation, power and place came together in unexpected and illuminating ways." Beyond this local study, Wigen is concerned with the broader theoretical significance of her analysis. Recognizing that Shinano/Nagano is "neither contemporary, nor Western, nor urban," is "far removed in space and time," and is studied here "in unfamiliar genres marked by distinct representational codes," she argues that her study dramatizes the role of culture in political geography, even as it challenges readers to consider how scale works in a preindustrial place. The text is supported by the scholarly apparatus of didactic endnotes, an extensive bibliography, and superbly rendered maps in glossy color. For all interested in Japan as place, and the theory of place making. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. B. Osborne Queen's University at Kingston
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Kären Wigen probes regional cartography, chronography, and statecraft to redefine restoration (ishin) in modern Japanese history. As developed here, that term designates not the quick coup d'état of 1868 but a three-centuries-long project of rehabilitating an ancient map for modern purposes.
Main Description
"A Philip E. Lilienthal book"--Prelim. p.
Main Description
In this pathbreaking book, KÄren Wigen probes regional cartography, chorography, and statecraft to redefine Restoration (ishin) in modern Japanese history. As developed here, that term designates not the quickcoup d'etatof 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 Mejii era (1868-1912) recruited the classical map to serve the cause of administrative reform. Nor were they alo≠ 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. Her meticulous study of Shinano recasts the Meiji Restoration as a geographical process and challenges Western theories about the spatial dynamics of modernization.
Main Description
KÄren 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'État 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 alo≠ 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.
Main Description
KÄren Wigen probes regional cartography, chorography, and statecraft to redefine restoration (ishin) in modern Japanese history. As developed here, that term designates not the quick coup d'État 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 alo≠ 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.
Main Description
Kären 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'état 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Conventions Followed in the Text
Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Province Defined
Shinano in the Nation
Shinano Up Close
Shinano in the World
A Province Restored
The Poetry of Statistics
Pedagogies of Place
A Pan-Provincial Press
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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