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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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(p.137) 8 Cartroversies
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This chapter discusses three recent “cartroversies”—debates and tensions in cartographic representation. The first refers to a cartographic silence and confusion regarding Korea's division into North and South. Many contemporary Korean maps do not show the border. Korea is presented as one country with no international border and only one capital, Seoul. It is as if the division into North and South had never occurred or the reunification of the peninsula were a contemporary fact. The second cartroversy involves the designation of the body of water to the east of Korea. In different maps the sea has been referred to as either the East Sea or Sea of Japan. The third cartroversy is the representation of Dokdo on maps. The island is administered by South Korea but claimed by Japan.

Keywords:   Korea, cartography, mapping, Dokdo, East Sea, Sea of Japan, Korean maps

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