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

Graduate methods class in PRC History (call for crowd sourcing)

Hello All,

I would like to develop and teach a graduate methods course in PRC History. By way of making this really happen, I have officially added it the course schedule for Fall 2014. Now I turn to you for help.

My hope is to create a course that is useful to students working on a broad range of topics using a broad range of approaches. I imagine the class should cover such things as:

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

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

April 2014

Counter-Revolutionary Cacography: Samples from Shanghai (1972)


(click on the link above to view the full document)

UCLA-Jiaotong Workshop on County Archives of China in the 1950s (re-posted from H-Asia)

UCLA-SJTU Summer Text and Translation Workshop-County Archives of China in the 1950s, UJCLA, July 21-30, 2014


From: Elizabeth Leicester <leicesterea@gmail.com>


UCLA-Shanghai Jiaotong University Summer Text and Translation Workshop County Archives of China in the 1950s July 21-30, 2014 UCLA

Application deadline: April 15, 2014

More on foreigners in China: Who were these individuals?

I have just finished compiling a detailed list of contents of the NCNA’s 《对外宣传参考资料》for the years 1972 to 1975 and intend to put this list on the web in PDF format this week. But, before I do that (and in order, ultimately, to enhance the usefulness of the list) I need to pick what Fabio Lanza has already designated the ”collective archival brain” of H-PRC members. My query is simple: what were/are the names in English of the individuals below? Your help would be much appreciated!

"Too early to say"

I have a question for the collective archival brain of H-PRC. A couple of years ago, the retired diplomat Chas Freeman wrote that the famous Zhou Enlai quote "It's too early to say" was in response to a question not about the French Revolution but about the events of 1968. Which makes more sense to me.

Freeman argued that the quote was taken out of context... but does anybody have the context? Zhou supposedly said it during the Nixon visit (or maybe the Kissinger visit). Is there any Chinese report/transcript/evidence of that exchange? 

Re: 关于 H-PRC成员《自我介绍》的通知




H-PRC编辑者: Jacob Eyferth, Aminda Smith, Matthew Johnson