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

Online Lecture: Red Sun, Red Star, Red Cross: Japanese Nurses and Doctors in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army

The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies welcomes Dr. James Stone Lunde for a lecture on the experiences of Japanese members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. When WWII ended in Asia, millions of Imperial Japanese settlers, soldiers, and civilians were evacuated from the former Japanese colonies. With US assistance, the former colonists undertook the perilous journey back to the home islands of Japan in one of the largest refugee operations in history.

Announcing two new collections in the Maoist Legacy Database

Dear PRC History community,

In the last few months, we've added two new collections to the Maoist Legacy Database! Descriptions are below. Both collections can be accessed by logging in to the main site (www.maoistlegacy.de) and choosing them from the "Collections" menu. 

The Andew G. Walder Hong Kong Interviews (86 items)

Special Issue of the PRC History Review Book Review Series

The PRC History group is pleased to announce a new special issue of the PRC History Review book review series. In his review essay, “What Was the Cultural Revolution?”, Christopher Connery examines Alessandro Russo’s long engagement with the politics of the Cultural Revolution, focusing on his recent book, Cultural Revolution and Revolutionary Culture (Duke University Press, 2020).

New Issue of the PRC History Review Book Review Series

The PRC History Group is pleased to announce a new issue of the PRC History Review Book Review Series. Mei Li Inouye reviews Lingchei Letty Chen's The Great Leap Backward: Forgetting and Representing the Mao Years (Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2020), with a response by the author. http://prchistory.org/the-prc-history-review/