03583 - The History of Eastern Asia

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  • Teacher Flavia Solieri

  • Credits 9

  • SSD L-OR/23

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Asian Languages, Markets and Cultures (cod. 0980)

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires a general knowledge of History and of political, economic and social evolution of East Asia, with particular regard to China and Japan, and also to Korea.

He will be able to critically approach major problems in that area, and to use a correct methodology and a correct conceptual framework in order to understand properly Nation-building processes in East Asia.

Course contents

A good, basic, updated knowledge of economic, social, political History particularly of China and Japan will be provided, in order to make a sound, successfull approach to today's East Asia possible.

Moving first of all from the characteristics of Chinese civilization's development, since origins to contemporary times, the course will underline phases and circumstances of contact with the Japanese civilization.

The second part of the course will be dedicated to the History of Japan and to its characteristics of development.




M. Sabattini, P. Santangelo, Storia della Cina, Roma, Laterza, any edition;

G. Samarani, La Cina del Novecento: dalla fine dell'impero a oggi, Torino, Einaudi, any edition;

F. Solieri, Cina 1948-1950. Il Partito comunista cinese e il passaggio dalla guerra civile alla costruzione dello Stato, Milano, FrancoAngeli, any edition;

R. Caroli, F. Gatti, Storia del Giappone, Roma, Laterza, 2004;

F. Gatti, Il Fascismo giapponese, Milano, FrancoAngeli, any edition;

A. Fiori, L'Asia Orientale. Dal 1945 ai giorni nostri, Bologna, il Mulino, 2010.

Above mentioned books' use will be made clear during the lectures.

Students not attending the lectures are invited to get in touch with the lecturer.

Teaching methods

Lectures; see also "Teaching Tools".

Assessment methods

The exam will be viva voce. The interview aims at appraising students'capacity of critical synthesis - as well as their knowledge of contents and method, with regard first of all to recommended literature, and in case also to further bibliographical hints provided during the lectures.

Students' ability in elaborating an organic, bright and methodologically sound critical synthesis, together with their use of a technical and University-level language, will be highly valued and rewarded with top marks. A more mnemonic or scholastic knowledge of History of Eastern Asia's topics will bring to lower marks.

A just sufficient knowledge of the subject and a weak speech will bring to a sufficient evaluation of the exam.

Lack of critical synthesis and deficient knowledge, unsuited speech and missed consultation of the recommended literature will make impossible to pass the exam, and necessary a further examination.

Teaching tools

Slides, photographs and documentary material, presentation of movies.

Office hours

See the website of Flavia Solieri