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

In search of infrared or ultraviolet enlightenment


Does one of you happen know when, give or take a year, the PRC first managed to manufacture infrared and/or ultraviolet lights (lightbulbs) domestically? If you do know, do you also happen to know which factory made such lights? And from which country, prior to developing its own production capacity, would the PRC have imported infrared/ultraviolet lights? East Germany?



New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 4 (October 2017)

New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 4 (October 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available. Tani Barlow’s essay “Jiang Qing, Seriously” is the inaugural issue of a new series, “Provocations,” which offers a glimpse at in-progress research that pushes us to reconsider assumptions and established views in the field. 
We hope H-PRC subscribers will contribute to this new series: we invite submissions of think-pieces, teasers for upcoming publications, and insights from ongoing research.