Niv Horesh (Hebrew: ניב חורש, Chinese: 荷尼夫) is Visiting Professor and Research Fellow in China Studies at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, United Kingdom. Horesh has also been an academic at Western Sydney University, Australia.
His first book, Shanghai's Bund and Beyond (Yale UP, 2008), is the first comparative study of foreign banking in prewar China. The book surveys the impact of British overseas bank notes on China's economy before the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937. Focusing on the two leading British banks in the region (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation and Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China), it assesses the favourable and unfavourable effects of the British presence in China, with particular emphasis on Shanghai, and traces instructive links between the changing political climate and banknote circulation volumes. Drawing on recently declassified archival materials, Niv Horesh revises previous assumptions about China's prewar economy, including the extent of foreign banknote circulation and the economic significance of the May Thirtieth Movement of 1925.
Horesh's second book Chinese Money in Global Contex (Stanford UP 2013, Economics and Finance Series) makes for a China-centered examination of the evolution of money and finance around the word since the birth of coinage in Lydia (in what is today western Turkey) and up to the present. It also situates current efforts at RMB internationalisation within the broad sweep of the post-Bretton Woods world order.
His third book is Shanghai, Past and Present. It is an introduction to the warp and weft of the city's history written with non-specialists in mind.
His fourth book is Superpower China ? Historicizing Beijing's New Narratives of Leadership and East Asia's Response Thereto. Horesh is lead author here with Dr Kim and Dr Mauch as co-authors. Superpower China ? features at length analyses of contemporary IR debates in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.