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

Chinese-language books related to the Cultural Revolution (2015)

The Chinese-language journals Remembrance 记忆 and Yesterday 昨天 have both published their January 2016 issues.  I want to draw your attention to the fact that Issue 63 of Yesterday (January 30, 2016) contains a very useful bibliography of some 50 Chinese-language books, published in 2015, which concern or relate to the Cultural Revolution (see pages 55-57).  I shared the list with the acquisitions librarian at my university, and I thought others might want to do the same.

Call for book review: Farewell to the God of Plague - Maoist Health Care


The journal Health Tomorrow: Interdisciplinarity and Internationality is calling for a book review of Farewell to the God of Plague - Maoist Health Care. This book review will be published by the end of 2016. Please kindly let us know if you are interesting by writing to <htii@yorku.ca>. We are in the process of requesting a free copy from the publisher. 



CFP: "Bombard the Headquarters" - Symposium on the Chinese Cultural Revolution


Bombard the Headquarters

An Exhibition and Symposium to mark the 50th Anniversary of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

4-6 August, 2016, University of Melbourne


Keynote speakers:   Professor Barbara Mittler (University of Heidelberg), Professor Li Baihao (Southeastern University, Nanjing)


Everyday Life in Mao's China (LARB interview)

Yesterday the Los Angeles Review of Books posted Tong Lam's interview with Covell Meyskens about his excellent website, Everyday Life in Mao's China.  The interview is definitely worth reading, and the website, an incredible archive of images from the Mao Years, is an excellent resource for PRC historians.

The interview is here: http://blog.lareviewofbooks.org/chinablog/everyday-life-maos-china-qa-historian-covell-mey...

MARKUS Text Analysis Platform Update -- modern Chinese

Dear all: I am forwarding an email from Hilde de Weerdt (see below) that was also posted to the H-Asia and EACS lists. I'm not sure whether you had a chance to read through it, but I want to draw your attention to the following line: "Some features such as keyword tagging can be used for modern Chinese texts; we are interested in working with data providers to add more functionality for modern Chinese and other languages. Please get in touch with comments and suggestions."

Query about 华东师范大学's new 当代文献史料中心

Dear All,

One more query from me, I'm afraid. I was wondering if anyone on the list has already used the new 当代文献史料中心 established in the last year or so at 华东师范大学by Professors Shen Zhihua and Yang Kuisong, and if they could report on how far the cataloguing and availability of materials have advanced.

Thank you and best wishes,

Julia Lovell


Birkbeck College, University of London

Seeking contact for Ma Jisen 马继森

Dear All,

I was wondering if anyone has contact details (phone and/or email) for Ma Jisen, 马继森,author of The Cultural Revolution in the Foreign Ministry of China. I would be very grateful for any leads. Answers offline are fine.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Julia Lovell


Birkbeck College, University of London

backdoor medicine 看病走后门 during the Cultural Revolution

Dear fellow scholars,

I am doing research on the scale and cases of backdoor medicine 看病走后门 before 1978, particularly during the Cultural Revolution. I know it was endemic then, but can't find much documentary data and research literature on it. I would appreciate it if you could give me some advice on where to find relevant information and scholarly publications, in both Chinese and English.