At the dawn of Italo-Chinese modern relations: Ludovico Nocentini's experience

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In 1904 Ludovico Nocentini described China as a hub of colonial and commercial development for European powers. Europe in the Far East and the Italian Interests in China was Nocentini’s last and most critical book, in which he compared the performance of the Italian government with that of other countries and showed Rome’s inefficiency overseas. The book expatiated on the “carving up” of China into spheres of influence by the Western powers, while examining how the Italian government’s scant regard for the definition and pursuit of the country’s national interest jeopardized not only the development of its colonial policy, but also its foreign trade and industrial progress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationItaly's encounter with modern China
Subtitle of host publicationCivilizational exchanges, imperial dreams, strategic ambitions
EditorsMaurizio Marinelli, Giovanni Andornino
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137290939
ISBN (Print)9781349450640
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • China
  • history
  • Italy
  • international relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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