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

AAS panel


A message from Felix Wemheuer:

Dear colleagues,
I plan to organize or join a panel for the next AAS. I would be interested in a panel on “The Cultural Revolution in the Provinces” , “Provincial Politics/Histories in Maoist China” or “Individual and Collective Memories: Making Sense of the Cultural Revolution”.  I am working on the Cultural Revolution in Shandong now.
Best wishes
Professor for Modern China Studies, University of Cologne

Remembrance at prchistory.org

We’re very excited to announce that the PRC History Group has received permission to distribute and archive the Chinese-language journal, Remembrance 记忆 》.  Remembrance is an electronic journal dedicated to publishing and promoting academic research, especially research related to the history of the Cultural Revolution.  Launched in September of 2008 and currently edited by Wu Di 吴迪, Remembrance is distributed to subscribers via email, but current issues will now be published on prchistory.org a

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.