Primorskii Borderland on the "Map of Russia" Aguk-yeojido
Vradiy, Sergey Yu.
- Publisher: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University
Eurasia Border Review,
This paper analyzes a rare manuscript that is of considerable interest to those who study the nineteenth century history of border interactions between Russia, Korea and China, or the history of the Korean community in the Primorskii region of Russia. Aguk-yeojido (or "Map of Russia") is the first attempt to represent nineteenth century Russia by Koreans, and it could be evidence of a strengthening relationship between Russia and a Korean royal court striving to break out of Chinese guardianship. The paper discusses problems related to the manuscript's authorship, the probable time of its writing, and evaluates its historical significance.