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Dr. Ghassan Moazzin

Assistant Professor Ghassan Moazzin


BA, PhD Cantab


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Research | Publications | Courses


Dr. Moazzin is Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of History, HKU. He teaches the economic and business history of modern China. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he received both his B.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2017). His doctoral dissertation won both the Coleman Prize of the Association of Business Historians and the Herman E. Krooss Prize of the Business History Conference. It was also a finalist for the Dissertation Prize (Category: The Long 19th Century) of the World Economic History Congress 2018.

Before coming to Hong Kong, he was a JSPS International Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo. He has also been a visiting scholar at East China Normal University in Shanghai and the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taipei.




Current Research


Dr. Moazzin's research explores the history of foreign banking and international finance in modern China. In his current book project, he uses a wide range of sources in German, English, Chinese and Japanese to investigate the role foreign banks played in the financial internationalisation of modern China and its financial integration into the global economy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has also developed an interest in the history of multinational enterprises and the comparative study of the history of modern banking in China and Japan.




Selected Publications




"Investing in the New Republic: Multinational Banks, Political Risk and the Chinese 1911 Revolution." Business History Review 94, No. 3 (2020), pp. 507-534.


"Sino-Foreign Business Networks: Foreign and Chinese Banks in the Chinese Banking Sector, 1890–1911." Modern Asian Studies (10 October 2019), pp. 1-35. Print version forthcoming in 2020.


"Networks of Capital: German Bankers and the Financial Internationalisation of China (1885-1919)." Enterprise & Society 20, No. 4 (2019), pp.796-808.


"From Globalization to Liquidation: The Deutsch-Asiatische Bank and the First World War in China." Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 4, No. 2 (2015), pp. 601-629. (Open Access Version available here).


Book Reviews


Vernacular Industrialism in China: Local Innovation and Translated Technologies in the Making of a Cosmetics Empire, 1900–1940. By Eugenia Lean. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020. 416 pp. ISBN: 9780231193481 (cloth). The Journal of Asian Studies 79, No. 4 (2020), pp. 994-996.




With Li Wenjie, "Dehua yinhang niandu baogao (1897-1902)" (Chinese Translation of the Annual Reports of the Deutsch-Asiatische Bank (1897-1902)), Jindaishi ziliao (Sources in Modern Chinese History) 137 (2018), pp. 87-117.


Conference Reports


"The Global Bourgeoisie: The Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire," held at the University of Cambridge (August 2015). H-Soz-Kult (H-Net) Conference Reports, 10/2015.






  • HIST2096 The History of European Business in China
  • IHSS6001 Research Seminar on East Asian Culture