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

"Denying Historians" -- Maura Cunningham's article on PRC archives

Hi Everyone,

Many of you will be interested in Maura Cunningham's Wall Street Journal (blog) article on archival access in China, especially as she mentions some of the related discussions we've had here on H-PRC.

Here's the link:


Conference: The 'China Dream': Passions, Policies and Power

***Apologies for cross-postings***

Registration is now open for the forthcoming conference, 'The "China Dream": Passions, Policies and Power,' to be held at College Court, University of Leicester, 24th-25th September 2014.

A provisional programme is available to download from our website, along with information about how to register online.


Job Opening

Dep. of Chinese Studies
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

The Department for Chinese Studies (Institut für Sinologie) at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg seeks to employ a Research Scholar in Modern Chinese History (political, social or cultural history of the PRC period) to fill the position of wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (part-time lecturer and researcher). The 50% position is affiliated to the Professor of Contemporary Chinese History.

AAS Chicago 2015: Call for Abstracts for Panel "Making Sense of Pollution: Understandings of Environmental Matters in the PRC"

Dear all,

we are proposing a panel for AAS 2015 titled "Making Sense of Pollution: Understandings of Evironmental Matters in the PRC". It will focus on how different social actors in China interpret and make use of the concepts of environmental matters. Below you can find the panel abstract.

Professor Abigail Jahiel, Illinois Wesleyan University will be the main discussant.

Professor Basile Zimmermann from the University of Geneva will chair.

CFP: Historical Geographies of the Chinese City‏

CALL FOR PAPERS - “Historical Geographies of the Chinese City: (Dis-) continued Tradition and Plural Urbanisms”
International Conference of Historical Geographers 2015
5-10 July 2015, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London, UK
Session Co-organisers:
Prof. Xiaohong Zhang, Institute of Chinese Historical Geography, Fudan University;

Currency (and rice) conversion

Hi everybody, 
once again I am availing myself of the collective brain of H-PRC. I am looking at Beijing government documents from the early years of the PRC and I am trying to figure out how to convert currency. Besides renminbi, amounts were expressed in bushels or catties of rice. 
Any reference you could suggest to do this simply and quickly? Maybe it's even in Wilkinson's manual, but I don't have it here.

And sorry for the dumb question.