Assistant Professor


BA, PhD Cantab; FRHistS

Office: 110, May Hallq0

Dr. Moazzin is Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of History. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he received both his B.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2017). 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. 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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


Moazzin’s research deals with the economic and business history of modern China, the history of technology in China, and global history. He has previously worked on the history of foreign banks, international finance and economic globalisation in late 19th and early 20th century China. His research has been published in Cross-Currents, Modern Asian Studies and Business History Review. His first monograph, Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China: Banking on the Chinese Frontier, 1870 – 1919, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. In 2023, the book was a finalist for the Hagley Prize in Business History. In 2024, it received an honourable mention for the Ralph Gomory Prize and was the co-winner of the First Monograph Prize in Economic and/or Social History of the Economic History Society. Dr. Moazzin’s new research project deals with the history of the electrical and electronics industries in modern China.

Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese Economic History
  • Modern Chinese Business History
  • Financial History of Modern China
  • Global History
  • History of Technology



Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China: Banking on the Chinese Frontier, 1870–1919. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.


“Electric Pioneers: Nationalist Lobbying, Technology Transfer, and the Origins of the Chinese Electric Lamp Industry, 1921–1937.” Enterprise & Society First View, 12 December 2022, pp. 1-35.

“Investing in the New Republic: Multinational Banks, Political Risk and the Chinese Revolution of 1911.” 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 54, No. 3 (2020), pp. 970-1004.

“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

Chinese Hinterland Capitalism and Shanxi Piaohao: Banking, State, and Family, 1720 – 1910. By Luman Wang, Abingdon, Routledge, 2020, 208 pp, illus., £120 (hard-back), iSBN 978-0-3674-5809-6.” Business History (2022), pp. 1-2.

Financial Stabilization in Meiji Japan: The Impact of the Matsukata Reform. By Steven J. Ericson. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2020. 210 pp. Illustrations, index. Hardcover, $49.95. ISBN: 978-1-5017-4691-8.” Business History Review 95, No. 2 (2021), pp. 356-358.

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 
  • HIST2176 Doing business in modern China, 1800 to the present 
  • HIST2177 The Economic History of Modern China, 1800 to the Present 
  • IHSS6001 Research Seminar on East Asian Culture 


Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China: Banking on the Chinese Frontier, 1870–1919

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date:
07.2022 (hardcover)