Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM1170 (AF:239426 AR:139544)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The course will analyse the Sinocentric interstate system in East Asia and its collapse after the advance of Western powers in mid-nineteenth century.
A basic knowledge of global history.
Traditional world order and diplomacy in East Asia; unequal treaties and erosion of the Sinocentric world order; the rise of imperial Japan.
John King FAIRBANK (ed.), The Chinese World Order. Traditional China's Foreign Relations, Harvard University Press 1968;
David C. KANG, East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute, Columbia University Press, 2012
Ronald P.TOBY, State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan. Asia in the Development of the Tokugawa Bakufu, Princeton University Press 1984;
Enrica COLLOTTI PISCHEL, Storia dell'Asia Orientale. 1850-1949, La Nuova Italia Scientifica 1994, capitoli 1-4 e 6;
Key-Hiuk KIM, The Last Phase of the East Asian World Order. Korea, Japan, and the Chinese Empire, 1860-1882, University of California Press 1980;
Rosa CAROLI, Il mito dell'omogeneità giapponese: storia di Okinawa, Franco Angeli 1999, capitoli 2-3;
John Peter STERN, The Japanese Interpretation of the ‘Law of Nations’, 1854-1874, Princeton University Press 1979;
Yongjin ZHANG; Barry BUZAN, “The Tributary System as International Society in Theory and Practice”, Chinese Journal of International Politics, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 3-36;
Giovanni ARRIGHI; Takeshi HAMASHITA (eds), The Resurgence of East Asia: 500, 150 and 50 Year Perspectives, London : Routledge, 2003, Introduction, Chapters 1-2: pp. 1-77;
Feng ZHANG, “Rethinking the ‘Tribute System’: Broadening the Conceptual Horizon of Historical East Asian Politics”, Chinese Journal of International Politics, vol. 2, 2009, pp. 545-74;
S. C. M. PAINE, The Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895. Perceptions, power, and primacy, Cambridge; Cambridge University Press 2003;
Rosa CAROLI, “La Cina reinventata dal Giappone Meiji”, in L'invenzione della Cina. Atti del VII Convegno Aisc, Congedo Editore 2004, pp. 77-95;
Aiko IKEO (ed.), Economic Development in Twentieth Century East Asia. The International Context, Routledge, 1997;
David C. KANG, China rising. Peace, power, and order in East Asia, Columbia University Press 2007.
written and oral
1) Class presentation of a topic related to issues presented during lectures and seminar classes;
2) written paper on the same topic;
3) oral exams (discussion of the written paper and other questions on the program).

Students who do not attend the class regularly may contact the professor during her office hours.
Class lectures, seminars, online sources, students' presentations.
  • Course with sustainable contents
  • University credits of sustainability: 3
Last update of the programme: 30/09/2017