Imperial Designs
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Imperial Designs

Italians in China 1900–1947
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Shirley Ann Smith
The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series in Italian Studies
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Imperial Designs is the first text in English dealing comprehensively with the Italian colonial experience in China. It confirms imperial policy and the rhetoric of conquest.
Imperial Designs is the first text in English to deal comprehensively with the subject of the Italian colonial experience in China in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Recent scholarship on both the Liberal and Fascist Italian colonial enterprises centers on the Mediterranean and Northern Africa: expeditions, wars, ultimate occupation of territories, and their effect on Italy. This study looks at three Italian enclaves on the other side of the globe: Beijing, Tianjin, and Shanghai. These present both a window into the Italian experience in the Far East and confirmation of imperial policy. Their very presence confirms the rhetoric of conquest. Journalist Luigi Barzini, Sr.; diplomats Salvago Raggi, Varè, and Ciano; various military personnel; and other foreign nationals tell the story through letters and diaries. They all interact with the local metropolitan and rural poor and cultivate a generalized colonial white man’s detachment from their surroundings. A brief summary of the presence of chinoiserie in the Italian imaginary shows how the Celestial Empire has continued to function in the construction of Italian identity as part of the dichotomy between self and other.
List of Illustrations and Credits
1. Italian Colonial Background, Sanmen Bay, and the Boxers
2. Luigi Barzini, Sr., in China
3. Salvago Raggi: Diplomatic and Expat Community at the Turn of the Century
4. Varè and Ciano: Diplomats Before and After the Rise of Fascism
5. The City as Text: Tientsin Concessions (Tianjin)
6. Chinoiserie and China as Mirror of the Other: Conclusions