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KoreaA Cartographic History$
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John Rennie Short

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226753645

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226753669.001.0001

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Early Joseon Maps

Early Joseon Maps

(p.13) 2 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

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