The Chinese University of Hong Kong Department of History Department of History
Contact Us

HIST4500GL Topic Studies in Hong Kong History: Global Historical Perspectives on Modern Hong Kong

Semester 1 (2023-2024)

Lecture TimeThursday, 14:30 - 16:15

VenueRoom 515, Lee Shau Kee Building (LSK 515)


Lecturer LUK Chi Hung (

Teaching Assistant XI Xu (

Course Description

This course explores Hong Kong from the mid-nineteenth to the early twenty-first century from global historical perspectives. To contextualize modern Hong Kong within the history of the world, the course will first introduce some of the key concepts, frameworks, and issues in the rapidly emerging field of global history, and then examine the ways in which Hong Kong have been politically, economically, socially, and culturally connected and integrated to other Asian regions, Europe, North America, and many other parts of the world for the past 182 years. Chronologically and thematically organized, the lectures revolve around the theme that Hong Kong history is important, if not essential, for us to understand and rethink various aspects of global developments within different temporal-spatial frameworks such as merchant capitalism, transpacific Chinese passages, the Cold War, and postwar Sino-US relations. The course is multidisciplinary; students will read widely on Hong Kong and the globe in the disciplines of history, international relations, politics, economics, anthropology, literature, and cultural studies.


1. Global History: Key Concepts, Frameworks, and Issues

2. Hong Kong in the British Empire

3. Western Capital and Capitalists in Early Colonial Hong Kong

4. Hong Kong: A Chinese Trade Hub in the Pacific Rim before WWII

5. Hong Kong: An “In-between Place” of Transoceanic Chinese Migration

6. History Writing Workshop; Hong Kong in the Second World War

7. The Global Cold War in Hong Kong

8. British Decolonization and Culture, 1941-1997

9. Linchpin of Postwar Sino-US Relations

10. Industrial Metropolis and Global Financial Center in the Twentieth Century

11. Non-British, Non-Chinese Communities

12. Hong Kong and the Diasporic Chinese Cinema

13. Postwar Hong Kong Communities Overseas: Past and Present

Assessment & Assignments

Take-home exam (40%)

Tutorials (40%)

Article review (15%)

Class participation (5%)


See Blackboard.


See the course outline.

Honesty in Academic Work

Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work, and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and regulations. Details may be found at

With each assignment, students will be required to submit a signed declaration that they are aware of these policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

  • In the case of group projects, all members of the group should be asked to sign the declaration, each of whom is responsible and liable to disciplinary actions, irrespective of whether he/she has signed the declaration and whether he/she has contributed, directly or indirectly, to the problematic contents.
  • For assignments in the form of a computer-generated document that is principally text-based and submitted via VeriGuide, the statement, in the form of a receipt, will be issued by the system upon students’ uploading of the soft copy of the assignment.

Assignments without the properly signed declaration will not be graded by teachers.

Only the final version of the assignment should be submitted via VeriGuide.

The submission of a piece of work, or a part of a piece of work, for more than one purpose (e.g. to satisfy the requirements in two different courses) without declaration to this effect shall be regarded as having committed undeclared multiple submissions. It is common and acceptable to reuse a turn of phrase or a sentence or two from one’s own work; but wholesale reuse is problematic. In any case, agreement from the course teacher(s) concerned should be obtained prior to the submission of the piece of work.

Back to top