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

Looking for literature on Maoist education

Hi everybody, 

I am looking for recent books and articles (in English, Chinese, French, or Italian) dealing with higher education under Maoism. I am specifically interested in anything published on educational experiments during the Cultural Revolution (like the 工农兵大学). 

Right now, this is just a footnote in a almost finished manuscript but I will need to digest this material for the next project. So please, anything you can think of, pass it along.






Announcement: New Issue of The PRC History Review

Dear H-PRC Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce publication of the second issue of The PRC History Review, featuring a roundtable review, with author response, of Elizabeth J. Perry's Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition (University of California Press, 2012). The issue is available online here: 


Qi Benyu remembers Jiang Qing

Just in case you missed it, the only surviving member of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, Qi Benyu (戚本禹) has just published a personal, at times moving and consistently informative memoir on the National Rejuvenation website (复兴网) in Beijing entitled 《回忆江青同志》. Here is the link: http://www.mzfxw.com/e/action/ShowInfo.php?classid=18&id=44595 It is in three parts and some 45,000 Chinese characters long: below are a couple of highlights from parts one and two.

Important new collection of letters by the late Zhang Chunqiao

The Chinese University Press in Hong Kong has just published 《张春桥狱中家书》a uniquely valuable and important collection of private letters written by Zhang Chunqiao during the final years of his life, between 1985 and 2003. I warmly recommend it, in particular, perhaps, to those H-PRC members who want to better understand the radical “Maoist” – or whatever one choses to call it – mindset we today associate with the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. For more on the collection, see http://www.shz100.com/article-13548-1.html

Archival updates from those in the presently field?

Dear colleagues,

It’s mid-July, so I’m sure some of you are in China, working in the archives. Any news/gossip to share from the archives you’ve visited?

This is a recurring question on H-PRC, but things are always changing, and no two archives are really the same, so it’s worth asking again.

l’ll be back in the PRC beginning in late August and plan to hit the municipal archives in Shanghai and Beijing, as well as a few others to be determined.

Thanks in advance,

Chuck Kraus
George Washington University/Wilson Center

Seeking Third Panelist for WCAAS--Topic: Education/Youth in the PRC

Two UC scholars seeking a third panelist to present at the WCAAS October 9-10, 2015, in Salt Lake City, UT.

Current papers:

1. "From Moscow to Beijing: Chinese Students Learn from Khrushchev’s “Secret Speech” and the Hungarian Revolution, 1956-57"

2. "The Kids Aren't Alright: The Politics of Childhood in the Wake of the Cultural Revolution, 1973-1979"

Deadline is July 25.

If interested, please contact kedavid [at] uci.edu