Many visitors to our PR History website have, I know, taken great interest in and followed the link on the “links and resources” page to the many wonderful photographs from China in the 1970s that Michael Rank uploaded a few years ago. Today, sadly, I just wanted you to know that Michael went to see Karl Marx on 20 May, after 5 years of struggle with bile duct cancer.
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.
A colleague (not a China scholar) asked me a question for which I had no answer, so I am passing it on to the H-PRC hive-mind.
He is looking for data on the gaokao scores of students admitted to universities in the post-Mao era (1977 to early 1980s). He has read (or I suggested he should read) the obvious studies in English (Unger, Pepper, etc.) but please, send along suggestions!
Does anybody out there happen to have a list of the foreign diplomatic missions that existed outside Beijing in the Mao years, and in which cities they were located? I suspect there would have been small missions representing neighbouring countries (e.g. Nepal, India, Burma, etc.) in places like Lhasa and Kunming, but I do not have much reliable and even less complete information concerning the overall picture for China as a whole. Any and all help will be much appreciated!
New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 (June 2017)
We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available. This issue contains the third of our Roundtables -- China from Without: Doing PRC History in Foregin Archives, edited by Arunabh Ghosh & Sören Urbansky, with contributions from Jennifer Altehenger, Fredy González, Jamie Monson, Nicolai Volland, Zuoyue Wang, and Dongxin Zou.
I wanted to share a recent video from C-Span featuring a talk that I gave for the Natioanl History Seminar in May. The subject was my book: Winning the Third World: Sino-American Competition in the Third World. The book will be the subject of a round table on H-Diplo later in the year.
The 3rd “China and The Middle East” Conference
From Asia to the Middle East: Asianization of the Middle East with
Conference Venue: No. 149, Yanchang Road, North Building, Shanghai University
Back in 1994, I read a wonderful book (to which Tim Cheek had drawn my attention), an anthology edited by Robin W. Winks entitled The Historian as Detective: Essays on Evidence (Harper Torchbooks, 1968). I realize that the judicious study of evidence has since come to be seen as rather ”old school” or ”retro” and that facts no longer carry quite the same weight as does, for example, faith. But anyway, I was reminded of Winks and his book when I stumbled across the following explanation, in a Chinese document from 1950, of what the term 材料 may refer to:
PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED CONFERENCE DATES AND DEADLINE
I am looking for recommendations of published collections of PRC documents for a university library to purchase. I am interested in anything from elite politics on down to the grassroots.