Imperial Designs Italians in China 1900-1947

by Shirley Ann Smith

Part of the The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies Series

Imperial Designs Italians in China 1900-1947 Synopsis

Imperial Designs is the first text in English to deal comprehensively with the subject of the Italian colonial experience in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recent scholarship on both the Liberal and Fascist Italian colonial enterprises centers on the Mediterranean and Northern Africa: expeditions, wars, ultimate occupation of territories, and their effect on Italy. This study looks at three Italian enclaves on the other side of the globe: Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai. These present both a window into the Italian experience in the Far East and confirmation of imperial policy. Their very presence confirms the rhetoric of conquest. Journalist Luigi Barzini, Sr.; diplomats Salvago Raggi, Vare, and Ciano; various military personnel; and other foreign nationals tell the story through letters and diaries. They all interact with the local metropolitan and rural poor and cultivate a generalized colonial white man's detachment from their surroundings. A brief summary of the presence of chinoiserie in the Italian imaginary shows how the Celestial Empire has continued to function in the construction of Italian identity as part of the dichotomy between self and other.

Imperial Designs Italians in China 1900-1947 Press Reviews

Shirley Ann Smith presents one of the first English-language books on Italians in China before the Second World War. Rich with anecdotes and biographies, this short book is a useful resource in conceptualizing life in China for Italians in the twentieth century under Liberalism and Fascism. * Altreitalie: International Journal of Studies on Italian Migrations in the World *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781611475012
Publication date: 9th March 2012
Author: Shirley Ann Smith
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Colonialism & imperialism, European history, Asian history,

About Shirley Ann Smith

Shirley Ann Smith is associate professor of Italian Language and Literatures at Skidmore College.

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