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

A Roundtable Discussion of Gail Hershatter's The Gender of Memory (PRC History Review)

The PRC History Group announces the PRC History Review! In this inaugural issue, Gail Hershatter responds to seven reviewers, each of whom draws on their own research to evaluate the many contributions to PRC history and historical method made by Hershatter's award-winning book,  The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China's Collective Past (University of California Press, 2011).

rural consumption in the collective years

I have a couple of rather specific questions regarding rural consumption in the collective years, and hope that H-PRC's collective brain can point me towards materials. I'm interested in what kind of consumer goods rural people in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s had access to; which types of goods were produced locally in households, which ones distributed by the collectives, and which ones purchased from state industry through the 供销社 system.

New Wikipedia Entries on Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989

Hi everyone,

My students have just uploaded 18 (soon to be 20) new pieces of Wikipedia content related to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.  This is the second time I have run the class with this assignment, and I was surprised that there were still so many holes on Wikipedia.  

Here's the project page:



Jeremy Brown

Beijing Archives

Once again, I am taking advantage of the collective brain of H-PRC. 
I am going to Beijing to do some preliminary research on my next project, a history of Haidian District between 1953 and 1983. My first obvious destination will be the Beijing Municipal Archive, where I did research years ago for my first book. 

Looking for primary sources on slide shows in Maoist China

Dear all,

I am currently looking for sources on slide shows as means of propaganda in post-1949 China. They played an important role in the science dissemination campaigns during the 1950s and early 1960s. Does anyone have access to 幻灯资料汇编 (several issues, I have found at least 3, dating from 1956-57, publ. by 中华人民共和国文化部电影事业管理局编辑)?

Many thanks, Marc