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

Member publication: Who’s Afraid of Confucius?

Dear H-PRC: I have a new contribution coming out on the Confucius Institutes: 

Fiskesjö, Magnus. Who’s Afraid of Confucius? Fear, Encompassment, and the Global Debates over the Confucius Institutes.

In: Yellow Perils: China Narratives in the Contemporary World, ed. Franck Billé and Sören Urbansky. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018, pp. 221-245. 

The book will come out very soon, this month or next, it is already listed: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9993-9780824875794.aspx

Archives closing post-1949 materials?

Dear all: 

I have received numerous reports via various channels regarding a number of archives denying access to post-1949 materials. I have updated the PRC History Resources wiki to reflect these:

http://www.prchistoryresources.org/doku.php?id=archives

I also added updated information regarding several other archives. We all know that archival access can be tricky in China, but recent changes are particularly distressing, with no end in sight.

Confessions Made in China


Dear all,

This is my new article on how media swallows, and helps disseminate (sometimes unwittingly), the worst kind of Chinese state propaganda: the TV confessions spectacles, coerced and produced under torture: 

Fiskesjö, Magnus. "Confessions Made in China." Made in China 3.1 (January-March 2018), p. 18-22; 108-109 (list of references). http://www.chinoiresie.info/made-in-china-quarterly/

Event at Boston College March 15: Traversing and Transgressing Politics in Modern China

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
 For those of you in the general Boston area, an event is being held this Thursday evening at Boston College that would be of great interest to the subscribers of H-PRC. Four excellent speakers will address different facets of politics and social life in the Maoist period followed by a Q & A.

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