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

CFA: Fellowships and Grants in China Studies 2018-19

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites applications in China Studies. With the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (CCK) for International Scholarly Exchange, ACLS offers support for early career scholars and for the organization of meetings, workshops, and conferences.

New issue in the PRC History Review Book Review series

The PRC History Group is pleased to announce the second issue in the PRC History Review Book Review Series. Leksa Lee reviews Denise Ho's Curating Revolution: Politics on Display in Mao's China (Cambridge University Press, 2018), with a response from the author: http://prchistory.org/prc-history-review/

New Book on Chinese Youth and Immigration Advocacy

Dear colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book, Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S.(Vanderbilt University Press).

With public outrage rightfully centering on the U.S.’ treatment of young migrants and their families, this book explores critical and timely—yet largely unconsidered—dimensions of mobility and advocacy:

Swedish publisher Gui Minhai now held by China for over 1000 days. X-post of update from H-Asia, Aug. 5, 2018


Gui Minhai, the Swedish citizen, publisher and poet kidnapped from Thailand and detained by China since October 2015, has now been held for more than 1000 days. 

Recent developments are a mix of good news, and disheartening news: 

2019-2020 Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is announcing the opening of its 2019-2020 Fellowship competition. The Center, located in the heart of Washington, DC, awards approximately 15-20 academic year residential fellowships to academics, practitioners, journalists, former public officials, and independent experts from any country with outstanding project proposals on global issues. The Center welcomes policy-relevant proposals which complement the Center's programming priorities.

Summer Reading?

I am a Mao magpie and have recently acquired a palimpsesty object:

a 1954 PLA Condolence Handbook that was given to someone in Nanjing “分开了8年,今天相逢。叙述骨肉情” in April 1957. The book remained unused until 1964 when a diary was begun.

There are sporadic, often lengthy, entries from 1964.2.29 to 1966.11.17 covering 86 closely written pages. There is one entry dated 1970 and a final one in 1986, which may be associated with some very minor redactions on a few of the earlier pages.