H-PRC is the H-Net presence of the PRC History Group, a network of scholars with interests in the history of the People’s Republic of China.  We define history broadly, to encompass a wide variety of disciplinary approaches, and we understand the history of the PRC to include eras prior to the official change of state power in 1949.

Recent Discussions

Films from the Maoist period featuring Chinese medicine?

Dear all,

This is Leon Rocha from the Department of History at University of Liverpool in the UK. This semester I am teaching a final-year course entitled "History of Chinese Medicine: Tradition and Modernity", and the last three weeks of the course will feature developments of Chinese Medicine in the twentieth century.

CFP: 2016 AAS-in-Asia Conference, Kyoto

Dear all,

I propose setting up a panel for the AAS-in-Asia 2016 Conference in Kyoto, Japan, on the tentative theme, "Writing, Reading, and Revolution in Modern Asia", looking at the uses and functions of cultural text/expression in mass movements and/or wars in the Asian contexts.

My paper will be called Raising the Chinese New Men: How to Write a Diary in Mao’s New China, and will be about the teaching and propagation of diary-writing among ordinary people in modern Chinese history, with a focus on the Mao-era (i.e. the Cultural Revolution).  

Television and radio broadcasts from the 1970s

Hello all,


Does anybody know where one might go to find copies of Chinese central radio and television broadcasts from the 1970s?

Any help would be most welcome. It is perhaps worth noting here that 中央电视台 was only established in 1978- television broadcasts prior to this date were made by 北京电视台.


Matt Wills

UC San Diego

Looking for literature on Maoist education

Hi everybody, 

I am looking for recent books and articles (in English, Chinese, French, or Italian) dealing with higher education under Maoism. I am specifically interested in anything published on educational experiments during the Cultural Revolution (like the 工农兵大学). 

Right now, this is just a footnote in a almost finished manuscript but I will need to digest this material for the next project. So please, anything you can think of, pass it along.