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

Several New Online Pubs, and Documents, on PRC Foreign Relations in 1950s-1960s


You may be interested in some of the recent publications released by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program which bear on the PRC's foreign relations, particularly with the Soviet Union, France, and North Korea, in the 1950s and 1960s. 

The publications are short introductions to archival documents which have been translated into English and made freely available on www.DigitalArchive.org. In the case of the following publications, the documents come from Chinese and French archives.

JOB POSTING: Lecturer in Film Studies, The University of Sydney

Announcement for a continuing apointment in Film Studies, Lecturer B (equivalent to Asst Professor, tenure track) at the University of Sydney, with a particular interest in documentary film, silent cinema and global cinemas. Interested scholars with specialization in aspects of Chinese film are encouraged to apply.

Bounded Collectivism in Southwest China

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to call your attention to an article on China’s rural land ownership system that I recently published in The Asia-Pacific Journal. The link to the article is  http://japanfocus.org/-Yi-Wu/4156.   I look forward to feedback and comments and can be reached at yw90@caa.columbia.edu.  The following is the summary of the article:

A New 'Document of the Month' (September 2014)

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

September 2014

Police, Press, and Public Relations: Hu Qiaomu Talks (1955)




Yesterday at prchistory.org

We’re excited to announce that the PRC History Group has received permission to distribute and archive a second Chinese-language journal!  Yesterday 《昨天》is an electronic journal dedicated to publishing academic research and resources related to the history of the Cultural Revolution.  A typical issue of Yesterday can contain all sorts of content, including research articles, original documents, commentary, memoirs, interviews, book notes, reviews, correspondence, and more. 

Seeking Panelist(s) for Panel on Border Regions during PRC Era, SEC/AAS Conference, January 2015


I am looking for a panelist(s) for a panel at the upcoming Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), to be held January 16-18, 2015, at the University of Virginia, on the history of China's border regions after 1949.

It is hoped that although the papers will be focused on particular border provinces during the PRC era, they will also embed these localities in broader national or regional contexts. Other creative ways of looking at China's border regions are also welcome.

"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.