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The Korean Territory and Japan's Recognition of Korea Reflected in Historical Atlases of Japan: The Case of The Japanese History Atlas (1927 edition)and The New Japanese History Atlas (1931 edition)

  • Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association
  • Abbr : JKCA
  • 2017, 17(1), pp.1-13
  • Publisher : The Korean Cartographic Association
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography > Geography in general > Cartography
  • Published : April 30, 2017

Jaeyung Choi 1 Saangkyun Yi 2

1서울대학교 지리교육과
2동북아역사재단

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to examine the Korean territory, the Japanese intentions, and the perception that Japan had about Korea at that time reflected in the historical atlases published in Japan during the Japanese colonial period in Korea. To this end, the researchers investigated Katsumori Shiba, the editor of The Japanese History Atlas and the enlarged edition of it, The New Japanese History Atlas, the historical situations and the background of publication, and examined and compared the composition of the contents of both atlases. Then how the two atlases perceive Korea was looked into. As a result, it was found that the scale of some maps in the two atlases has been enlarged in accordance with the changes in times, and that Japan pursued historical justification for ruling over the Korean Peninsula through historical maps. In other words, they tried to show that Japan's dominance over the Korean peninsula was in the extension of the past, and the Korean peninsula was faithful to its role as a bridgehead for Japanese advance continent. Also, it is shown that Japan recognized basically Korea including Ulleungdo and Dokdo as ‘Chosun’.

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