A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central by Kären Wigen

By Kären Wigen

Kären Wigen probes nearby cartography, choerography, and statecraft to redefine recovery (ishin) in glossy eastern background. As constructed the following, that time period designates no longer the short coup d’état of 1868 yet a three-centuries-long venture of rehabilitating an historic map for contemporary reasons. Drawing on a variety of geographical records 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 serious position in bringing imperial geography again to existence within the nation-state. to verify those claims, Wigen lines the continued profession of the classical court’s most crucial unit of governance—the province—in relevant Honshu.

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