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Dr Koji Hirata

Dr Koji Hirata

Research Fellow (Emmanuel College)


I hold a BA and MA (Law and Political Science) from the University of Tokyo, an MPhil (History) from the University of Bristol, and a PhD (History) from Stanford University. I also spent several years in Taiwan, China, and Russia, studying the Chinese and Russian languages. Since October 2018, I have been a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Departments and Institutes

Emmanuel College:
Research Fellow

Research Interests

My research examines modern China and its relations with Japan and Russia by situating them in the global history of capitalism and socialism, and using multilingual archives in Chinese, Japanese, English, and Russian. My current book project draws on archival sources and oral histories from China, Japan, the U.S. and Russia to chronicle the transformation of twentieth-century China’s largest steel enterprise and its urban environment: the Anshan Iron and Steel Works (Angang) in the city of Anshan, located in Manchuria (Northeast China).


Paper 23 (Part I): World History since 1914


  • Economic, Social History
  • Global History
  • Russian History
  • International History
  • Histories of Colonialism

Key Publications

Book Manuscript:

Steel Metropolis: Industrial Manchuria and the Global Origins of Chinese Socialism, 1915-2000 (in progress)

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Forthcoming  'Made in Manchuria: The Transnational Origins of Socialist Industrialization in Maoist China', American Historical Review.

Forthcoming  'Mao’s Steeltown: Industrial City, Colonial Legacies, and Local Political Economy in early Communist China', Journal of Urban History.

2016 (with Zhe Yuan) 'Sun Yat-sen’s diplomacy in Britain after the Wuchang Uprising: a study based upon the UK Foreign Office archives', Guangdong shehuikexue, 5: 100-108 [in Chinese].

2013 'Britain’s Men on the Spot in China: John Jordan, Yuan Shikai, and the Reorganization Loan, 1912–1914', Modern Asian Studies, 47-3: 895-934.

2011 'Rethinking the Reorganisation Loan Negotiations: the Role of Britain’s Men on the Spot in China, 1912-1913', Beida Shixue, 15: 241-263 [in Chinese].

Book Chapters and Other Publications:

Forthcoming 'City Construction in Anshan in the Early PRC: Urban Planning, Population Inflow, and the Housing Problem, 1948-1957', in Jiang Jing (ed.), Chenglian xiangchou: ershi yi shiji Zhongguo de chengxiang guanxi [in Chinese].

2019 'From the Ashes of Empire: The Reconstruction of Manchukuo’s Enterprises and the Making of China’s Northeastern Industrial Base, 1948-1952', in Barak Kushner and Sherzod Muminov (eds.), Overcoming Empire: Repatriation, Redress and Rebuilding in Post-Imperial East Asia. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic: 147-162.

2018 'Soviet Removal of Industrial Equipment from Manchuria after World War Two: New Findings from Russian Archives', Umemura Suguru, Ōno Taikan, and Izumiya Yōko (eds.), Manshū no sengo: keishō saisei shinsei no chiiki shi (Tokyo, Bensei shuppan), 88-115 [in Japanese].

2015 'Sino-British Relations in Railway Construction: the Modernising State, Foreign Interests and Local Elites, 1905-1911', in Robert Bickers and Jonathan Howlett (eds.), Britain and China, 1840-1970: Empire, Finance and War. London: Routledge: 130-147.

2014 'Politics and Economy in Manchukuo: Wartime Developmental State and its Legacy', in Shin’ichi Kitaoka (ed.), Rekishi no naka no Nihon seiji, vol. 3. Tokyo: Chūo koōron shinsha: 207-261 [in Japanese].

Other Publications

2020 'Post-WWII Northeast China: How the Nationalists Took over Northeastern Industry', The Paper (URL: [in Chinese]


2017 'Member of the Week: Koji Hirata', The Metropole: The Official Blog of the Urban History Association (URL: