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

Lost Marriage Records in Xicheng District

District archives in Beijing seem to function more like DMV offices than locations for scholarly research. They provide services for the residents by issuing marriage and divorce certificates, hukou documentation (they often have records of zhiqing 知情relocation), and proof of real estate property (often by previous generations). Some of them—although not all—also host archives of more direct interest to a PRC historian.

Esherick-Ye Family Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its inaugural competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or archaeology.

Grants support travel to China for research or field work, and are available for graduate students and junior faculty for projects on modern Chinese history and for undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior faculty in archaeology.

New Publications in PRC History

Originally posted via the PRC History facebook group managed by Covell Meyskens -- 


Blackness in Exile:: W.E.B. Du Bois’ Role in the Formation of Representations of Blackness as Conceptualized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
Keisha A. Brown PhD
Phylon (1960-)
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Winter 2016), pp. 20-33



BJHS Themes on Science in Modern China and India

List members may be interested in the availability of articles on history of science and technology in modern China and India in a new open access annual publication by the BJHS (British Journal for the History of Science) called BJHS Themes Featuring "Science of Giants: China and India in the Twentieth Century," the initial 2016 issue is guest-edited by Jahnavi Phalkey of King's College London and Tong Lam of the University of Toronto (the regular BJHS Themes editor is Jon Agar of the University College of London).

A New 'Document of the Month' (December 2016)

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

Detoxification of the body politic: post-Lin Biao language matters

中央人民广播电台有关宣传口径的一次会议精神传达记录 (1971年12月)
(click on the title to view the document)

Simon Fraser Graduate Program Invites Applications

The Department of History at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia invites applications to its MA and PhD programs. Graduate students in history at SFU receive close individual supervision from experts in the early modern world; cities; empire, colonialism, and migration; environmental history; gender and sexuality; labour; indigenous peoples; race and ethnicity; religion; the societies and cultures of Asia, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and the US; and war, resistance, and revolution.