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

Important new book on the Cultural Revolution at Tsinghua University

This winter, half a century will have passed since the occurrence of the first in a long sequence of events in China conventionally called the Cultural Revolution. We may soon expect a high tide of articles, op-eds, scholarship, books, workshops, TV specials, YouTubes, tweets, and whatnot. The first books have already appeared, among them a hefty 1,500-page tome on what took place at Tsinghua University in Beijing entitled 《历史拒绝遗忘——清华十年文革回忆反思集》edited by 孙怒涛.

A New Electronic Journal at prchistory.org

The PRC History Group is excited to announce that we have received permission to distribute and archive yet another Chinese-language electronic journal! 《巴山夜雨》(Night Rains on Mount Ba) was launched in 2010 by a group of so-called Bourgeois Rightists and their children in Chongqing.  Its contents are eclectic, and it regularly includes memoirs, archival documents, excerpts from diaries and letters, poetry, and more.

Cultural Revolution and oral history: informed observations in latest issue of Remembrance

Are you by any chance planning to interview people about their experiences in the Cultural Revolution? Then you may want to read Wu Di’s brief but informed observations on the psychology of doing Cultural Revolutionary oral history in the latest issue (#127) of Remembrance. On the basis of years of experience, he outlines a typology of sorts of problems you may well encounter, ranging from finding that A has a traumatic fear of speaking to B being only too eager to say precisely what he/she thinks the historian wants to hear!

Please join us TONIGHT at the PRC History Group reception, AAS Chicago

If you're in Chicago, don't forget to drop by the PRC History Group reception tonight, from 7:30 to 9:30 -- Friday, March 27 in Superior B (Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers). 

Come have a drink, talk to other people interested in the history of the PRC, and let us know what kinds of things you'd like to see the PRC History Group do in the future.