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1943 or Showa 18 World War II Era Japanese Map of Eastern Australia

EastAustralia2-showa18-1943
$250.00
Eastern Australia. - Main View
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1943 or Showa 18 World War II Era Japanese Map of Eastern Australia

EastAustralia2-showa18-1943

Japanese World War II map of Eastern Australia.

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Title


Eastern Australia.
  1943 (undated)     30 x 21 in (76.2 x 53.34 cm)     1 : 5000000

Description


This is a stunning 1943 or Showa 18 large format map of eastern Australia issued by the Japanese during World War II as part of a series of maps promoting the Japanese imperialist concept of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. It covers the eastern half of the continent including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the eastern parts of South Australia and Northern Territory. An inset of Tasmania is included in the lower right quadrant. The map offers superb detail regarding both topographical and political elements. Cities, roads, and air, sea, and land trade routes are illustrated. Shading indicates oceanic depths. While Allied World War II maps of this region are fairly common, it is extremely rare to come across their Japanese counterparts. All text is in Japanese.
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (大東亜共栄圏) was an imperial concept created and promulgated for occupied Asian populations during 1930-45 by the Empire of Japan. The concept was announced by Hachirō Arita on June 29, 1940. The Co-Prosperity Sphere was intended as a self-sufficient 'bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers.' It covered Southeast Asia, Eastern China, Manchuria, Japan, the East India Islands, and parts of Oceania. The idea promoted the cultural and economic unity East Asians, Southeast Asians, and Oceanians.
Publication History
This map was created by the Japanese during World War II and issued as part of a 20 map Series of Great East Asia Maps. The Co-Prosperity Sphere map series was published by the Japan Publishing and Distribution Company, Ltd. (日本出版配給株式會社). This map is no. 16 in that series.

Condition


Very good. Minor wear along original fold lines. Some toning and foxing with few water stains along left border. Accompanied by original paper binder.