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A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600–1912 by Kären Wigen (review)

A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600–1912 by Kären Wigen (review) Book Reviews effectively begin the important task of challenging Bombay's rigidly periodized history in a lively and provocative manner. sheetal chhabria Connecticut College A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600­1912. By kären wigen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 340 pp. $45.00 (cloth); $34.95 (paper and e-book). As one follows through the cartographic history of the Japanese province of Shinano that forms the heart of this work, with its often beautifully evocative anecdotes, it is clear that it was written by a scholar with a real love, and talent, for local history--but at the same time, the book uses this focus on the local history of a single province to raise much larger and more comprehensive questions, both with regard to the history of Japan and regarding how we might think of the process of history itself. The book is organized by questions fairly strictly derived from geography, but like any good geography, it has strong political implications. At the very least (as if this wasn't enough), it seems to be asking us to rethink the very idea, and composition, of the nation (as formed in Japan). The principal claims of the book are located http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600–1912 by Kären Wigen (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 23 (4) – May 24, 2012

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Book Reviews effectively begin the important task of challenging Bombay's rigidly periodized history in a lively and provocative manner. sheetal chhabria Connecticut College A Malleable Map: Geographies of Restoration in Central Japan, 1600­1912. By kären wigen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010. 340 pp. $45.00 (cloth); $34.95 (paper and e-book). As one follows through the cartographic history of the Japanese province of Shinano that forms the heart of this work, with its often beautifully evocative anecdotes, it is clear that it was written by a scholar with a real love, and talent, for local history--but at the same time, the book uses this focus on the local history of a single province to raise much larger and more comprehensive questions, both with regard to the history of Japan and regarding how we might think of the process of history itself. The book is organized by questions fairly strictly derived from geography, but like any good geography, it has strong political implications. At the very least (as if this wasn't enough), it seems to be asking us to rethink the very idea, and composition, of the nation (as formed in Japan). The principal claims of the book are located

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Published: May 24, 2012

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