Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010: Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Eastern Siberiaby Narangoa Li, Robert Cribb
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
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 developmentsreflecting 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.
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
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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.
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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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