Early Joseon Maps

in Korea

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226753645
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226753669 | DOI:
Early Joseon Maps

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The six-hundred-year Joseon dynasty lasted from the very late fourteenth century to the very early twentieth. The first two hundred years under Joseon rule were a time of stability, and incredible cultural energy and innovation, as Korea emerged from over a century of Mongol domination to experience a period described as one of “brilliant artistic creativity.” This chapter shows how the emphasis of the early Joseon was on mapping the nation-state and its near neighbors. Maps were an important form of surveillance and a vital information base for ensuring political control and maintaining regime legitimacy. A rich variety of pictorial styles developed as the state mapped its territory and surveyed its borders.

Keywords: Korean maps; mapping; Joseon dynasty; political control; pictorial styles; nation-state

Chapter.  4346 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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