I've just joined H-PRC. I received my Ph.D.
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 in my department has asked me to help her assign "a theoretical work that is, in your opinion, one of the most important and influential in your field" for a graduate seminar on historical methods, and then to choose a book or set of articles that "use the theory effectively."
Here are two contributions on the 50th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution:
Jeremy Brown in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/10/world/asia/china-cultural-revolution-jeremy-brown.html?_r=0
The PRC History Group presents the latest installment in the Document of the Month series, curated by Michael Schoenhals. View the entire series at prchistory.org.
Shanghai forty years ago: If you remember “experiencing the Cultural Revolution,” you really weren’t there!
Qi Benyu (戚本禹), the last surviving member of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, passed away this morning, 20 April 2016. Qi hailed from Weihai in Shandong province, but had been born in Shanghai in 1931. He joined the CCP in 1949. A link to his recollections of Mao Zedong, Jiang Qing et al. (as published on the internet last year) appeared earlier on H-PRC, together with a few direct quotes, here: https://networks.h-net.org/node/3544/discussions/77468/qi-benyu-remembers-jiang-qing
I’ve just published a working paper titled “Researching the History of the People’s Republic of China,” which may be of interest to the H-PRC community. The paper discusses the ins-and-outs of using archives on the Mainland.
The paper can be accessed on the Wilson Center’s website at: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/publication/researching-the-history-the-peoples-republic-china.