The course aims at providing students with a basic knowledge of the history of south, south-east and east Asia from the second world war to the 1990s , with particular attention to China, Pakistan and India, and with the analytical tools that are necessary to analyse in a critical way more recent events.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the student will have acquired an understanding of the history of central, southern and eastern Asia since the second world war. He/she will have acquired the conceptual and terminological tools that are necessary to comprehend also the most recent events taking place in Asia and to critically analyse them, and to express himself/herself adequately. These skills will allow the student to continue his/her studies in an autonomous manner.
Lesson period: Third trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
The first unit will analyse the events that led to the emergence of India and Pakistan and the disputes that since then have divided them, mostly related to the Kashmiri issue. These disputes are analysed within their regional context and in light of internal challenges , from ethnic and rleigious tensions to socio-economic disparity. The second unit aims at analysing the historical processes that charaterised China, Japan and other Southeast Asian countries from the colonial era until the end of the Second World War. The third unit aims at analysing the historical processes that charaterised East Asian countries and their mutual relations after the II world war.
Prerequisites for admission
Unit I - attending students: ONE of the following -S. Ganguly, Storia dell'India e del Pakistan, Bruno Mondadori, qualsiasi edizione -I. Talbot e G. Singh, La spartizione. 1947: alle origini di India e Pakistan, il Mulino, 2012 -V. Schofield, Kashmir. India, Pakistan e la guerra infinita, Fazi editore 2004
Unit I - non attending students: ONE of the following: -I. Talbot e G. Singh, La spartizione. 1947: alle origini di India e Pakistan, il Mulino, 2012 -S. Ganguly, Storia dell'India e del Pakistan, Bruno Mondadori, qualsiasi edizione -S. Ganguly, Conflict Unending: India-Pakistan Relations sine 1947, qualsiasi edizione -E. Giunchi, Pakistan: islam, potere e islamizzazione, Carocci, 2009 (disponibile anche in ebook) -V. Schofield, Kashmir. India, Pakistan e la guerra infinita, Fazi editore 2004
Unit II: E. Collotti Pischel, Storia dell'Asia orientale 1850-1949, Carocci 2015
unit III: ONE of the following: R. Caroli, F. Gatti, Storia del Giappone, Laterza, any edition F. Montessoro, Vietnam. Un secolo di Storia, Franco Angeli, 2009 J. Neale, Storia popolare della guerra del Vietnam, Il Saggiatore, 2008 M. Riotto, Storia della Corea, Bompiani, any edition
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam via MT with the aim of assessing the knowledge of the themes dealt with by the programme, the capacity to interpret them in a critical manner and to espouse them with an adequate temrinology