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.
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!
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
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.
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
If you're in Seattle, please drop by the PRC History Group reception tonight -- have a drink, some light refreshments, and meet up with colleagues interested in the history of the PRC!
8:30 - 10:30 pm
Cedar room, Seattle Sheraton
The Cedar room is on the second floor, near the Pike Street Tower elevators.
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.