Department of History
Name:Zhang Zhiyun

Research Expertise:The History of Sino-Foreign Relations, Imperial and Colonial History, the History of Chinese Maritime Customs Service, and Historical Geographic Information System.

Courses:1. The History for Modern China's Foreign Relations. 2. Academic Writing & Ethics. 3. The Introduction for Sinology & Chinese Studies. 4. The Comparative Studies on Sino-Foreign Sinology.

BA in Chinese Literature (Tunghai, Taiwan)
MA in Chinese Business and Asia Pacific (Leeds, UK)
MA in Modern History (Leeds, UK)
MLitt/PhD in History (Bristol, UK)


Chihyun Chang joined the Department of History at SJTU in 2013. He is now teaching the history of Sino-Foreign relations, researching the Chinese Maritime Customs and setting up the GIS of Nationalist China. His research focuses on the adaptation of China’s institutions to the challenges and opportunities from the West, covering from the treaty system in the mid nineteenth century to the Second Rectification Campaign in the mid twentieth century. His works are based on the analyses of primary materials from different countries and he applies new technologies to the management of vast primary materials. Apart from historical research, his interdisciplinary interests also reflect on his studies on life writing and political science.

Chihyun is also Honorary Research Fellow of Department of History at Bristol, Research Fellow of Center for Humanities Research at National Cheng-Chi University and the Center for GIS at Academia Sinica.


Chihyun Chang ed., The Chinese Journals of L K Little, 1943–54: An Eyewitness Account of War and Revolution, 3 volumes (London: Routledge, 2020).

Chih-Yu Shih, Chihyun Chang et. al., China and International Theory: The Balance of Relationships (London: Routledge, 2019).

Chihyun Chang, Government, Imperialism and Nationalism in China: The Maritime Customs Service and its Chinese staff (London: Routledge, 2014, Paperback; 2013 Hardcopy).

Book Chapters:

Chihyun Chang, “Empires and Continuity: The Chinese Maritime Customs Service in East Asia, 1950-1955,” in Barak Kushner and Sherzod Muminov eds., Overcoming Empire: The Retreat of the Japanese Empire (London: Bloombury Academic, 2019).



张志云,〈中国财政与一战纾困( 1895-1918) :庚子赔款、外债和内国公债〉,《一战与中国:一战百年会议论文集》(北京:人民出版社,2015),页,327-347

张志云,〈革命后的财政秩序:辛亥革命与海关结余存放权之转移〉,《近代中国的中外冲突与肆应》(台北:政治大学人文中心,2015), 页,155-197 



Supervision Responsibilities

Post-doctoral Project, "Russian Imperialism in the Tientsin and Hankow Custom Houses".

Post-doctoral Project, "British Diplomats' Journals to China during the Taiping Rebellion".

Doctoral Thesis "The Making of Right Wing in Postwar Japan and the B/C Class War Crime Trails".

Doctoral Thesis "Literature and Colonialism in the French Concessions in China: The Comparison between Shanghai and Guangzhou Bay".

Doctoral Thesis "British Diplomats and Customs Employees' Journals in China in the 1920s".

Master Dissertation "The British Foreign Office and the Gold Franc, 1921-1925"

Master Dissertation "The Tariff Autonomy Conference and the Political Economy in East Asia, 1924-1925"