Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History

God's-eye View

For the most part, I present the information in this module, both the narrative and spatial material, from a god’s-eye perspective that is typical of most historical writing. Historians wade through copious amounts of material, much of it first or second-hand in its origin, in order to understand the past, but when they construct their narratives, they step back and observe from a considerable height, or distance, in order to put all of the pieces together. Although historians do not make claims of omniscience, they are external to the events that they study and are able to encompass a broader contextual range, although less immediate detail, than a participant could see. Readers should be aware that I have combined, condensed, and otherwise interpreted my sources in order to provide a cohesive, although not seamless, explanation of historical change. These points are true of the narrative pages as well as the maps contained therein, which invariably display a god’s-eye view that sees all but does so at a high degree of simplification that obscures—perhaps intentionally—the texture of the everyday, or the person’s-eye view.

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