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

Everyday life in Maoist China

Dear colleagues,

My colleague is creating a course on everyday life under totalitarlian/authoritarian regimes and is looking for suggestions on Maoist China - either about ordinary peoples’ experiences or on things like the cult of personality, etc. A point of comparison in the Soviet context would be Sheila Fitzpatrick’s Everyday Stalinism.


Macabe Keliher
Assistant Professor
Department of History
West Virginia University

Grants in Modern Chinese History and Chinese Archaeology from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history; or Chinese archaeology.

Grants will support travel to China for research or field work.   Grants are available for graduate students and untenured faculty for projects on modern Chinese history and for undergraduate and graduate students as well as untenured faculty in archaeology.

New issue of 《昨天》

The latest issue of《昨天》[Yesterday], no. 77, contains a wonderful personal retrospective - by 何蜀 He Shu, the editor - on twenty plus years spent researching, writing and publishing articles and books about the history of the Cultural Revolution in the PRC. For H-PRC members interested in the evolution of the scholarly field of independent CR studies inside China, it is most definitely a "must read"! See pp.

University of Chicago Library Travel Grants

Dear Colleagues, 

The Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago (CEAS) is pleased to announce that Library Travel Grants are available for AY2016-2017. CEAS Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research related to China, Japan and Korea. 


Hello everyone,

I am a new member here. I am starting my Ph.D. in Chinese Studies at INALCO based in Paris, France. I am embarking into on a long and complex journey as I will reserch the role of Jiang Qing during the Cultural Revolution. I would more than welcome recommendation and contacts from this enlightened community. I am also open to book reviews and collaborative projects.