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Anno di pubblicazione: 2020

Exploring the «underground» of China’s modernity: Coal, science, imperialism and State-making between the end of the Qing dynasty and the early ­Republic

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Shellen Xiao Wu, Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015. xii + 266 pp. (paperback) (ISBN: 978-0-8047-9284-4). The history of coal has seldom received the attention it deserves beyond the scholarly circle focused on the economic and industrial […]

«Children Of A Lesser God»: A narration Of Southern Chinese Minority Nationalities

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Guo Wu, Narrating Southern Chinese Minority Nationalities. Politics, Disciplines, and Public History, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 229 pp. (ISBN 978-981-13-6021-3). The issue of national minorities – their classification, their recognition and the definition of their relationship with the central government – is one of the crucial issues of 20th-century […]

Rethinking Think Tanks in Contemporary China

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Silvia Menegazzi, Rethinking Think Tanks in Contemporary China, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 207 pages (ISBN 978-3-319-57299-4). If you study the Chinese political system, whichever methodological perspective you adopt, you will inevitably come across two long-term crucial issues: one is the complex relation between the State, the Chinese Communist […]

Contested legacies of Chinese communism: Words, concepts and practices from Mao to Xi

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Christian Sorace, Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere (eds.), Afterlives of Chinese communism. Political concepts from Mao to Xi, Acton: ANU Press and Verso Books, 404 pages, (ISBN 9781788734769). Well before the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the communist leadership was aware of the great importance of propaganda […]

The Italian effort to gain the Chinese market: Reconstructing the history of Italy-China trade relations

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Donatella Strangio, Italy-China Trade Relations: A Historical Perspective, Cham: Springer, 2020, 131 pp. (ISBN: 978-3-030-39083-9). The year 2020 marks an important landmark in relations between Italy and China. It’s the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which aligns with the Italy-China Year […]

The Eu–Japan partnership in the shadow of China: Natural allies or untapped potential?

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Axel Berkofsky, Christopher W. Hughes, Paul Midford & Marie Sӧderberg, The EU–Japan Partnership in the Shadow of China. The Crisis of Liberalism, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2019, 266 pp. (ISBN 9780367895013). The EU–Japan Partnership in the Shadow of China represents a very timely and very significant contribution […]

Federalism in India: Questions about state capacity and national policy

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Louise Tillin, Indian Federalism, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019, 184 pp. (ISBN 978-0-19-949561-0). This is an indispensable introduction to the phenomenon of Indian federalism. The drafters of the constitution made no mention of federalism; in the tragic circumstances of partition they preferred an explicitly strong Union. But […]

A colonial monument de-constructed: Majeed on Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India

Available also in pdf – Download Pdf Javed Majeed, Nation and Region in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India, London: Routledge, 2018, 230 pp., (ISBN 9780429439223). Javed Majeed, Colonialism and Knowledge in Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India, London: Routledge, 2018, 266 pp., (ISBN 9780429439230). Dubbed by its contemporaries «monumental», G.A. Grierson’s Linguistic Survey of India (LSI) […]

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