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 'Document of the Month' (May 2016)

The PRC History Group presents the latest installment in the Document of the Month series, curated by Michael Schoenhals.  View the entire series at prchistory.org.
Shanghai forty years ago: If you remember “experiencing the Cultural Revolution,” you really weren’t there!

A report to the DAAD: “Über Studium und Leben an der Fudan Universität in Shanghai” (September 197

Announcement and ToC: Sociology of Islam Journal: China, Islam and the Middle East - Volume 4, Issue 1-2, 2016

Dear H-PRC colleagues,
 
The editors of this exciting new special issue of the Sociology of Islam journal have brought to our attention that several of the articles listed below focus on historical aspects of Middle East-China relations, the history of Salafism in China, and other topics that may be of interest to listserv readers.

Qi Benyu, last surviving member of Central Cultural Revolution Group goes to see Karl Marx

Qi Benyu (戚本禹), the last surviving member of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, passed away this morning, 20 April 2016. Qi hailed from Weihai in Shandong province, but had been born in Shanghai in 1931. He joined the CCP in 1949. A link to his recollections of Mao Zedong, Jiang Qing et al. (as published on the internet last year) appeared earlier on H-PRC, together with a few direct quotes, here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/3544/discussions/77468/qi-benyu-remembers-jiang-qing

Working paper on Chinese archives

Dear colleagues,

I’ve just published a working paper titled “Researching the History of the People’s Republic of China,” which may be of interest to the H-PRC community. The paper discusses the ins-and-outs of using archives on the Mainland.

The paper can be accessed on the Wilson Center’s website at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/researching-the-history-the-peoples-republic-china.

Question concerning the 外交学会/Foreign Affairs Association, the history and organization of the 外交部/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and 陈翰笙/Chen Hansheng

Dear H-PRC members: 

The following is posted on behalf of listserv member Prof. Stephen R. MacKinnon. As the history of the 外交部 /Foreign Ministry is no doubt a topic of interest to many, answers posted will no doubt be helpful to a great number of researchers. For this reason, if there are key scholarly references that come to mind, please suggest them as well. --Matt

A New 'Document of the Month' (April 2016)

The PRC History Group presents the latest installment in the Document of the Month series, curated by Michael Schoenhals.  View the entire series at prchistory.org.
Confucius say… Dictatorship is good thing!

《人民公安》信箱:“什么叫‘专政’?” (1965年9月30日)
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Soviet celebrities in China?

Hello, I am doing a dissertation at The Ohio State University on China’s evolving views of the Soviet Union from the 1920s-50s.  After reading the recent posts on the Beatles in the PRC, I was wondering if anyone knows of specific Soviet cultural figures that created a “craze” among Chinese.  I know that 保尔 / Pavel, the fictional hero of 《钢铁是怎样炼成的》made a profound impact on the subjectivities of early PRC youth, as did Soviet films such as 列宁在十月, etc.  Also, Soviet cultural troupes frequently came to China in the 1950s, and Russian songs like 莫斯科郊外的晚上 were quite popular.

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