Political and Social History of Modern and Contemporary Japan and Korea 2021-2022

E' richiesta la conoscenza della lingua inglese. E' preferibile avere già una conoscenza di base della storia dell'Asia Orientale.
English proficiency is a prerequisite. It is advisable to have, prior to the course, a basic knowledge of the East-Asian history.

L’imperialismo in Asia Orientale
Benché gli imperialismi di Europa e Stati uniti in Asia Orientale sono da anni oggetto di ricerca da parte di studiosi, l’impatto dell’imperialismo giapponese ha ricevuto relativamente una minore attenzione. Pur essendo improprio descrivere l’espansione del Giappone senza fare riferimento al più ampio quadro dell’imperialismo globale, la politica estera del Giappone tra gli anni Settanta dell’Ottocento e il 1945 non fu una mera imitazione di quella dell’”Occidente”. L’imperialismo si intreccia con molteplici problemi da quello della modernizzazione a quello della creazione di una identità, nazionale e asiatica. È quindi necessario analizzare la complessa profondità di tali interconnessioni, per raggiungere una miglior comprensione dell’Asia Orientale nel Ventesimo secolo.

Imperialism in East Asia.
While European and United States imperialism in East Asia has been widely studied by scholars over the years, the impact of Japanese imperialism has been relatively neglected. While it is improper to represent the Japanese expansionism neglecting the broader picture of the global imperialism, Japan’s foreign policy from 1870s to 1945 was far from being a mere imitation of the “Western” one. Imperialism is interwoven with multiple issues, like modernisation and the creation of a collective - national and Asian - identity. It is therefore necessary to assess the profound complexity of such interconnections, to achieve a better understanding of East Asia in the Twentieth Century.

Common reading:
Chatani Sayaka, Nation-Empire. Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its Colonies, Cornell UP, 2018

Suggestions for further readings, to be agreed individually, depending on the interest and area of expertise of each student will be given during the course. The sources listed below are some examples of possible readings:

Han Jung-Sun, Rationalizing the Orient: The "East Asia Cooperative Community" in Prewar Japan, Monumenta Nipponica (2005), 60:4, pp. 481-514

Ichijo Atsuko, “The Articulation of National Identity in Early Twentieth- century East Asia: The Intertwining of Discourses of Modernity and Civilisation”, Asian Studies Review (2018), 42:2, pp. 342-355.

Kim Wonik,  “Rethinking Colonialism and the Origins of the Developmental State in East Asia”, Journal of Contemporary Asia, (2009), 39:3, pp. 382-399.

Taufik Abdullah, “Asia and European colonialism”, Asia Europe Journal (2003), 1:, pp. 61–74

NOTE: the above readings are available via Discovery Sapienza.