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

Review of two recent Deng Xiaoping biographies

Dear colleagues, 

I'm very pleased to share this link to a review of two recent biographies of Deng Xiaoping, one by Michael Dillon (_Deng Xiaoping: The Man Who Made Modern China_, I.B Tauris), and the other by Alexander V. Pantsov ( _Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life_, written with Steven I. Levine, Oxford University Press). The review writer is H-PRC member Jeremy Brown.


PBS documentary seeking research and contacts in Beijing and Dandong, China


My name is Rebecca Taylor and I am the associate producer at The Film Posse, an independent media production company in the United States.  

We are in the final stages of making a two-hour documentary program about a harrowing battle between UN troops and Chinese troops in late 1950, known as the Battle of Chosin/Changjin Reservoir, for American public television.

I am writing to the H-PRC listserv because our small Boston-based team is interested in contacting scholars who are familiar with or have research experience at the following archives and entities:

Elizabeth J. Perry on "The Promise of PRC History"

Hi everyone,

Matthew Johnson recently alerted me to the substantial PRC history content in the latest issue of the Journal of Modern Chinese History--I thought I'd share it with the entire group because I had missed it myself: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rmoh20/current

The issue contains a long interview with Yang Kuisong, a description of a unique archival collection at Fudan, an essay by Gail Hershatter...and Elizabeth J. Perry on "The Promise of PRC History."  And more.  

Jeremy B

Remembering Lao She

Come August, half a century will have passed since the death of the great Chinese writer Lao She (老舍). Lao She committed suicide by drowning himself in Beijing’s Taiping Lake after suffering badly at the hands of self-styled young radicals during the long hot summer of 1966.

QUERY: Contemporary Ethnography of the Hungry Ghost Festival in the PRC

Dear colleagues,

I am trying to locate contemporary (since 1980) English/French ethnographies of the Hungry Ghost Festival (yu lan jie 盂兰节/ zhong yuan jie 中元节) in China.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Isabel Essebag

(Graduate Student, McGill University)