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' (December 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.

Detoxification of the body politic: post-Lin Biao language matters

中央人民广播电台有关宣传口径的一次会议精神传达记录 (1971年12月)
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Simon Fraser Graduate Program Invites Applications

The Department of History at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. Graduate students in history at SFU receive close individual supervision from experts in the early modern world; cities; empire, colonialism, and migration; environmental history; gender and sexuality; labour; indigenous peoples; race and ethnicity; religion; the societies and cultures of Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the US; and war, resistance, and revolution. 

Use of the term "SOE"

I am writing an essay on the urban commune movement in Beijing and I am finding it difficult to distinguish, in writing, between large factories (state or collectively owned) and the small (female-staffed) factories created during the movement.
For the sake of brevity and clarity, I am tempted to use the term SOE (State Owned Enterprise) for the former, but I am aware that it came into currency in the reform era, so it might be misleading and anachronistic. I would obviously add a footnote on the usage.

Any thoughts or suggestions? 

 

A New 'Document of the Month' (November 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.

When physical labor was still on the curriculum

"劳动是必修课"!——复旦大学外国留学生《守则》、《考勤制度》、《生活制度》等(1975年)
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New issues of Yesterday

The two latest issues of Yesterday are now available at http://prchistory.org/yesterday/

H-PRC members might be especially interested in issue #79, which includes a 20-page list of names (with short biographical sketches) of people in the Chinese film industry who died in the course of the Cultural Revolution (including actors, directors, script writers, translators, photographers, etc.).

 

 

Delia Davin (June 9, 1944-October 13, 2016): An Appreciation

           Delia Davin, a scholar who helped bring questions of gender to the center of China Studies, has died at home in Leeds, England after a long illness. She was Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds.

Member Book, Yi Wu, Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family

Dear colleagues,

With apologies for cross-posting, I am pleased to announce the recent publication of my book 

 Yi Wu, Negotiating Rural Land Ownership in Southwest China: State, Village, Family (A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University).  University of Hawaii Press, 2016, 304 pages, ISBN: 978-0824846770.

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