This month’s episode picks up on a theme previously explored on the podcast: international finance. Drawing on a broad range of German, English, Japanese, and Chinese sources, Ghassan Moazzin traces the rise of foreign banking in China during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a period that saw a dramatic increase in international trade and investment in the country. Particular attention is paid to the role of foreign banks in integrating China into global financial markets, including marketing China’s sovereign debt, and their involvement in the 1911 Revolution and other events in modern Chinese history.
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Ghassan Moazzin is an Assistant Professor at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKIHSS) and the Department of History at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Foreign Banks and Global Finance in Modern China: Banking on the Chinese Frontier, 1870–1919. Together with John Wong, he runs the Chinese Business History Webinar at the HKIHSS, which hosts monthly talks by scholars working on different aspects of the historical development of business and entrepreneurship in modern China.