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

What foreigners visiting Mao's China said and heard

A colleague recently asked me where, if anywhere, one might find contemporary Chinese records of visits by foreigners (including tourists, professional delegations, journalists, “foreign friends,” etc.) to Mao’s China? What he had in mind, I believe, are such things as notes on questions that foreign visitors posed (as well as on what they were told in response, I guess) while visiting this or that People’s Commune, neighborhood committee, factory, or kindergarten.

Links and Resources

Dear colleagues,

Just a brief invitation to take a stroll by the "links and resources" page of prchistory.org (http://prchistory.org/links-and-resources/), if you've got a moment, and share your thoughts concerning essential online resources that we've not yet included.  I hope to keep that section of the site a regularly updated feature, and so would be most grateful for your suggestions now or in the future.  

All best,

Matt

A New 'Document of the Month' from Michael Schoenhals (March 2014)

The PRC History Group presents the second installment in the Document of the Month Series, curated by Michael Schoenhals.  View the entire series at prchistory.org

March 2014

What Is to Be Done? A Note from the Communist Underground (1961)

中国共产主义研究小组”的纲领性文件《我们的方针和任务》

Research Notes and Resources from PRC Historians

We are very excited to announce a new section of the prchistory.org website -- "Research Notes."

The current notes cover ongoing research programs, histories, and states of the field with special reference to China- and PRC-related research communities based in Europe.  Titles appear below.  Reports can be accessed via http://prchistory.org/notes/

We are immensely grateful to the current contributors.  If you or a colleague would like to add a report to the page,  please contact H-PRC News (newshprc at gmail dot com).

Welcome to H-PRC!

Welcome to those who have recently joined H-PRC, the PRC History Group's new H-Net network for scholars with interests in the history of the People's Republic of China!  All of you have the ability to create discussion posts, and most of you are authorized to upload images, videos, and other content.  So please feel free to ask questions and share resources.  Posts are moderated, but we will only block spam or genuinely inappropriate comments. 

Document of the Month: A PRC History Series by Michael Schoenhals

“What is a document?” If we ask Google, we discover that this question has been asked some 1.24 million times in German already. In English, there are already in excess of 153 million texts “out there” that might provide an answer, given that they contain the phrase “A document is…”. When I checked, I found to my surprise that one relevant internet text that does not is the U.S.

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