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.

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Ian Johnson article in The New York Review of Books

Dear H-PRC members,

Many of you will be interested in Ian Johnson's recent article, "China's Brave Underground Journal," appearing the December 4, 2014 print edition of in The New York Review of Books and currently available online here: 


Query: Western media reports on CCP Central Investigation Department 1978?

I have a question for what has been called “the collective archival brain” of H-PRC. Let me explain the background: a few years ago I published a piece on the history of the CCP Central Investigation Department ( http://www.21ccom.net/articles/lsjd/lsjj/article_2013080889375.html ) in Chinese, in which I noted how in the early 1980s, Chinese officials were still loath to admit even the very existence of this department.

prchistory.org September/October update list

Dear H-PRC subscribers,


Our running list of September/October updates appear below.  We hope that you will find the reminders and new information useful.  As ever, please contact us individually or via newshprc[at]gmail concerning new updates and resources. Your editors,


Jacob, Mindy, and Matt




October 2014

“Losing Mao: A Shanghai Customs Notice from 1976”

Curator, Michael Schoenhals