The 162nd Nichibunken Lecture
Rethinking Historical Maps for the 21st Century: A Quantitative Perspective on Japan’s kuniezu
|▶ view PDF||Over the past 30 years, historians have reconceptualized the history of political space. We now recognize that discrete, exacting borders are largely a creation of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, not a timeless or natural phenomenon. Our historical maps, however, do not reflect this new understanding, and draw all borders as clear, exact lines. In Japan’s kuniezu, for example, long stretches of provincial borders are described as undetermined. How can we accurately map vague borders? Relying on quantitative methods, this paper engages with that question as both a conceptual and a practical problem for digital mapping.|
Mark RAVINAUniversity of Texas at Austin
Richard PEGGMacLean Collection
D. Max MOERMANColumbia University
Mario CAMSUniversity of Oslo
Elke PAPELITZKYKU Leuven
Edward BOYLEInternational Research Center for Japanese Studies
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