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Ideas and Identities

A Festschrift for Andre Liebich

Edited By Jaci Eisenberg and Davide Rodogno

This volume gathers contributions at the intersection of history and politics. The essays, covering such topics as diverse as Italian identity in the Tientsin concession, international refugee policies in the interwar period and after, and the myths and realities of the Ukrainian-Russian encounter in independent Ukraine, show that history provides better grounding as well as a more suitable paradigm for the study of politics than economics or other hard sciences. All of the contributors have a common link – doctoral work supervised and shaped by Professor Andre Liebich – but have since expanded widely in the world. Hence, the authors of this work at once share a common base and yet benefit from diverse viewpoints.
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Citizenship and Identity Issues in the Italian Concession of Tientsin (1902–1922): Sabina Donati


Citizenship and Identity Issues in the Italian Concession of Tientsin (1902–1922)



In June 1902 liberal Italy was formally granted a concession by the Qing Government in the Chinese city port of Tientsin (Tianjin). This took place following the Boxer Uprising, the victory of the Eight-Power allied expeditionary force, an initial period of Italian military occupation, as well as the signature of the Boxer Protocol and a Sino-Italian agreement.1 As a result, half a square kilometre of territory belonging to the vast Celestial Empire was taken in lease by monarchical Italy, headed at the time by Savoy dynasty King Vittorio Emanuele III and governed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli.

The history of Italian Tientsin has long remained under the dust of archives, and in fact only recently have a number of studies finally started shedding light on this Italian imperial experience. Some of these works include the scholarship of Maurizio Marinelli,2 as well as the research carried out by Luigi Nuzzo and Aglaia De Angeli.3 As the ← 43 | 44 → literature concerning citizenship in treaty port life has thus far examined Japan’s colonial citizenship under extraterritoriality in China4 and analysed citizenship questions with a major focus on the Shanghai case study,5 this essay aims to raise further points and make an original contribution by discussing citizenship and identity issues in Italian Tientsin during the liberal period (1902–1922).

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