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Cartographies of the Late Joseon

in Korea

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226753645
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226753669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226753669.003.0005
Cartographies of the Late Joseon

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This chapter highlights the cartographic connections of the late Joseon with its neighbors, providing a context for the masterpiece of late Joseon cartography, the 1861 Daedong yeojido (Map of the Great East [Korea]). This work is a culmination of the encounter between an indigenous Korean cartography and a modern, more universal cartographic practice. This hybrid map, neither simply Korean nor decontextualized modern but a subtle combination and intermingling of the two, stands as an example of two centuries of cartographic encounters. It is a masterpiece that uses modern methods and indigenous practices to create the best-known “modern Korean” map of Korea, combining “Korean” and “modern” in one artifact. The chapter details how the ending of the dynasty's long seclusion in the late nineteenth century is recorded in map inscriptions.

Keywords: cartography; Korean maps; Daedong yeojido; hybrid map

Chapter.  9112 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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