A Japanese Map of the World

ArticleIn this interactive Map Chat from the MacLean Collection, learn more about how Japanese mapmakers saw the world in late 18th and early 19th centuries

June 30, 2022
128 words / 1 minutes

This is the sixth in a series of Map Chats commissioned by Richard Pegg, Director and Curator of the MacLean Collection in Illinois. This interactive Map Chat takes you into the cartographic perspective seen from a Japanese map of the world: 萬國全圖 or Bankoku zenzu."

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Elke Papelitzky was a 2018 MacLean Library Map Fellow. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at KU Leuven and conducts her research as part of the ERC-funded AdG project TRANSPACIFIC (Grant Agreement no. 833143). She received her PhD from the University of Salzburg in 2017 and is the author of Writing World History in Late Ming China and the Perception of Maritime Asia (Harrassowitz, 2020), as well as several articles and book chapters.

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