HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS OF ASIA

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in History and Stories of the Contemporary World
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2019/2020
Year: 
2
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2020/2021
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Language: 
Italian
Credits: 
8
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
64
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (64 hours)
Requirements: 

None.

Final Examination: 
Orale

The final examination comprises two parts:

1) a two-hour written examination (to be taken without the help of readings or notes), aimed at assessing the knowledge of the readings suggested for the “General” an “Monographic” parts of the course. The test is structured as follows:
• 20 T/F and/or multiple-choice questions, worth 1 point each;
• Two open questions, worth maximum 5 points each.
To be admitted to the second part of the examination, a pass mark is required (at least 18/30) in the first part.

2) An oral examination (two questions) concerning the readings suggested for the “Monographic part” of the course and the other materials uploaded on the e-learning platform by the lecturer.
The mark of the oral examination (expressed on a scale of 30) will take into account the accuracy of the answers (worth 60% of the mark), as well as students’ analytical and presentation skills (worth 40% of the mark).

The final mark is the average of the two marks awarded in the written and oral examinations, both of which must be taken in the same exam session. The pass mark is 18/30.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

The course provides an in-depth knowledge of the History Asia during the 19th and 20th century.
Among the learning objectives we find:
• the knowledge of the main processess and events that characterized the modern history of Asia in a global perspective;
• the ability to interpret, discuss and present the acquired information under the lens of the historical processes;
• the ability to understand the social and political dynamics in Asia in the framework of the Asian international relations;
• the capacity to understand the premises and the results of the historiographical debate among scholars as well as the public debate on the mass media.

The course explores the history of modern Asia in a global perspective, specifically the changes of traditional social structures determined by the European colonization, the subsequent emergence of nationalisms and the main stages of decolonization.
The course focuses on the origins and evolution of the People’s Republic of China and the processes of independence of India and Pakistan.
The course is structured in two parts.
1) A "general part" (of about 30 hours) outlines the history of Asian states and empires in relation to the changes determined by the progressive integration of the area in the system of global exchanges. An introduction of the relations between Asia and the wider world in the early modern period is followed by the analysis of the forms of colonial domination Europe (and, to a lesser extent, the U.S.) established in the continent by the middle of the 19th century, in order to assess the impact of this influence in economic, social, and cultural terms until World War II.
2) The "monographic part" (of about 34 hours), focuses on the more recent developments in the history of China and India, chosen for their importance in the global economy and in the future assets of international relations. The history of China is scrutinized starting from the establishment of the People’s Republic to its consolidation in the framework of the Cold War and the evolutions following the opening to the market economy. The history of India is explored by following the stages of its emancipation from Great Britain and in its complex relations with Pakistan, with the aim to reflect on the crucial role of religion in the definition of identities, political assets, and economic perspectives in Southern Asia.

GENERAL PART
1) Charles H. Parker, Relazioni globali nell’età moderna, Bologna, il Mulino, 2012 (chap. 2,3,6)
2) Enrica Collotti Pischel, Storia dell’Asia Orientale, 1850-1949, Roma, Carocci, 1994.

MONOGRAPHIC PART
1) Kai Vogelsang, Cina. Una storia millenaria, Torino Einaudi, 2014 (chap. 8, 9)
2) David Ludden, Storia dell’India e dell’Asia del Sud e del Sud Est asiatico, Torino, Einaudi, 2011 (chap. 4,5,6,7,8).

Convenzionale

The learning objectives will be achieved through 64 lecture hours. Students are expected to participate in the discussions and analysis of additional materials (documents and texts) provided by the lecturer.

Students are required to previously schedule a meeting by sending an e-mail to the lecturer.

Professors