Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror: Colonial Italy Reflects on Tianjin (1901-1947)

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Show simple item record Marinelli, M 2012-02-02T11:05:39Z 2007-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Global Cultural Studies, 2007, 3 (1), pp. 119 - 150
dc.identifier.issn 2105-2549
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.description.abstract This article focuses on the sole Italian concession (zujie) that existed in China between 1901 and 1947. This is the only example of Italian colonialism in Asia. The concession was located in the Hebei district of the modern municipality of Tianjin. It was established in 1901 as a consequence of the signature of the «Boxer Protocol», since Italian troops had participated in an international military mission, called the eight-nation alliance, which on 14 August 1900 had entered and occupied Beijing, putting an end to the Boxer Rebellion. The article compares the theoretical bases which underpinned the different representations of the Italian concession, as produced by observers, diplomats, and scholars in China and Europe in different time periods. The final objective is to investigate the historical reasons behind the emphasis that was placed on specific socio-economic, institutional, and cultural aspects of the Italian concession. The analysis focuses in particular on the two major themes, which emerge as constant traits from the sources: 1. The history of the concession, its acquisition, socio-spatial organisation, and ultimately its reorganisation as a «laboratory of modernity»; and 2. The notion of shaping the Italian concession as an Italian-style neighbourhood, a miniature Disneyland-style venue of «Italianness» or «Italian spirit» (e.g. according to the rhetoric trope of «Italianità»), constructed especially in terms of spatial re-presentation and cultural superimposition.
dc.format Scott McWhirter
dc.publisher Transtext(e)s Transcultures
dc.title Self-portrait in a Convex Mirror: Colonial Italy Reflects on Tianjin (1901-1947)
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Journal of Global Cultural Studies
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Online en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 119 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 150 en_US FASS.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 2002 Cultural Studies
dc.personcode 110692
dc.percentage 100 en_US Cultural Studies en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
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dc.location.activity en_US
dc.location.activity Santa Catarina, BRAZIL
dc.description.keywords NA en_US
dc.description.keywords Science & Technology
dc.description.keywords Technology
dc.description.keywords Physical Sciences
dc.description.keywords Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
dc.description.keywords Physics, Applied
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dc.description.keywords Physics
dc.description.keywords PHYSICS, APPLIED
dc.description.keywords Approximate models
dc.description.keywords electromagnetic device
dc.description.keywords Monte Carlo method
dc.description.keywords optimization methods
dc.description.keywords radial basis function (RBF)
dc.description.keywords SELECTION
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)

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