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

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.



New Fellowship in Digital Scholarship at Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, AY 2015-16

Dear all,

I am posting this here in the hope of reaching as wide an audience of PRC scholars as possible. The John K. Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University has recently announced a new fellowship in digital scholarship. While the net has been cast very wide, it would be wonderful to see someone who does (or can) work on the PRC fill this position. This is a terrific opportunity to pursue a critical and constructive engagement with these new methods and help us push the frontiers of PRC history in new and interesting directions. 

Event announcement: The New History of the People’s Republic of China, Distinguished Visitor in Residence Program in Chinese Studies at Occidental College, Friday, February 27th

We are pleased to announce that this year's Distinguished Visitor in Residence Program in Chinese Studies at Occidental College will be a workshop on the New History of the People’s Republic of China. The workshop will take place on Friday, February 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Dumke Commons at Occidental College, 1600 Campus Rd., Los Angeles, California. Please see the schedule below for participants and paper titles.