Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010: Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Eastern Siberia

Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010: Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Eastern Siberia

by Narangoa Li, Robert Cribb
     
 

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Four hundred years ago, indigenous peoples occupied the vast region that today encompasses Korea, Manchuria, the Mongolian Plateau, and Eastern Siberia. Over time, these populations struggled to maintain autonomy as Russia, China, and Japan sought hegemony over the region. Especially from the turn of the twentieth century onward, indigenous peoples pursued

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Four hundred years ago, indigenous peoples occupied the vast region that today encompasses Korea, Manchuria, the Mongolian Plateau, and Eastern Siberia. Over time, these populations struggled to maintain autonomy as Russia, China, and Japan sought hegemony over the region. Especially from the turn of the twentieth century onward, indigenous peoples pursued self-determination in a number of ways, and new states, many of them now largely forgotten, rose and fell as great power imperialism, indigenous nationalism, and modern ideologies competed for dominance.

This atlas tracks the political configuration of Northeast Asia in ten-year segments from 1590 to 1890, in five-year segments from 1890 to 1960, and in ten-year segments from 1960 to 2010, delineating the distinct history and importance of the region. The text follows the rise and fall of the Qing dynasty in China, founded by the semi-nomadic Manchus; the Russian colonization of Siberia; the growth of Japanese influence; the movements of peoples, armies, and borders; and political, social, and economic developments—reflecting the turbulence of the land that was once the world's "cradle of conflict." Compiled from detailed research in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, Dutch, German, Mongolian, and Russian sources, the Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia incorporates information made public with the fall of the Soviet Union and includes fifty-five specially drawn maps, as well as twenty historical maps contrasting local and outsider perspectives. Four introductory maps survey the region's diverse topography, climate, vegetation, and ethnicity.

Editorial Reviews

Christopher P. Atwood
An outstanding milestone in Asian historical geography. Northeast Asia emerges as a dynamic sphere of interaction among local, national, and international forces. This book will be useful for classes in history and geography and essential for the reference shelf of every student of Northeast Asia.

Nancy S. Steinhardt
A unique and extremely welcome contribution to the study of a critical region during its most important centuries. This book relates the major events and plots the most significant sites decade by decade from the end of the sixteenth century into the twenty-first. It opens largely untrafficked parts of Asia to wide readership and promises to become a standard reference for historians, political scientists, and geographers, as well as anyone who appreciates serious cartography.

Prasenjit Duara
The creators of this historical atlas have produced a small treasure, not least in the multilanguage table of place-names, for all those who are interested in the area. It also represents an innovative method to recognize and rescue a region whose story has been obscured by superpowers throughout much of history.

Peter C. Perdue
This superb atlas greatly enhances our knowledge of the region of Asia comprising north China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia, and Manchuria. The authors define the region ecologically instead of politically, focusing on the interaction of nomadic conquerors with the expanding empires of Russia and China and the Korean state. They outline boundaries with vivid colors and carefully locate major towns and geographic features, while also providing a concise integrated political narrative for each decade over nearly five hundred years. Such an effective combination of visual and narrative information makes this an essential resource for anyone researching or teaching about this critical region of Asia.

The Russian Review - Helen Hundley
This work fills a gaping hole in our knowledge of Russian history as well as all of Northeast Asian history.

Asian Review
Thought-provoking and intriguing — especially if you like maps... Essential for anyone interested in the broad sweep of northeast Asian history.

Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society
Useful. I would recommend this atlas for academic collections.

Journal of Historical Geography
Marvelous... Its maps are elaborate enough to inspire researchers and still compendious enough to be useful for teaching history and historical geography at the university level. Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia would also serve scholars of Asian studies as an excellent reference book.

Library Journal
02/15/2015
Northeast Asia is frequently viewed as a periphery region of the great powers that surround it: China, Japan, and Russia. Narangoa (Japanese history and language, Mongolian history, Australian National Univ.; author of numerous scholarly articles on northeast Asia) and Cribb (history, Australian National Univ.; Imperial Japan and National Identities in Asia, 1895–1945) have created a work that reveals northeast Asia's raison d'être separate from those great powers and the significance of this region in world history. The authors define their purview as Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia (including Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in China), and eastern Siberia. Northern China and much of Japan are also included on the maps, but events there are only chronicled if they had an impact on northeast Asia. This work, which spans the past 400 years, is organized chronologically and includes a narrative of significant events along with an accompanying map showing the location of those events. Readers will learn about battles, troop movements, fortifications, migrations, trade routes, religious sites, and much more. This atlas can be consulted for information just like a typical reference book, but the structure and flow also allow for comfortable cover-to-cover reading. VERDICT Recommended for students of East Asian history. Appendixes offering beautiful historic maps and a table of place names in Korean, Manchu, Mongolian, Chinese, Russian, and Japanese make the work even more valuable. Readers will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of this diverse and important region.—Joshua Wallace, Ranger Coll., TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231160704
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Uradyn E. Bulag

The first comprehensive atlas of Northeast Asia, a long neglected yet vitally important regional configuration of the world, Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia offers a panoramic view and captures the transition from the homeland of nomadic conquerors to a contested ground of major world powers such as China, Japan, and Russia.

Meet the Author

Li Narangoa is a historian of Asia at the Australian National University and, with Robert Cribb, is the author of Imperial Japan and National Identities in Asia, 1895–1945.

Robert Cribb is a historian of Asia at the Australian National University and the author of the Historical Atlas of Indonesia.

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