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

Question concerning the 外交学会/Foreign Affairs Association, the history and organization of the 外交部/Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and 陈翰笙/Chen Hansheng

Dear H-PRC members: 

The following is posted on behalf of listserv member Prof. Stephen R. MacKinnon. As the history of the 外交部 /Foreign Ministry is no doubt a topic of interest to many, answers posted will no doubt be helpful to a great number of researchers. For this reason, if there are key scholarly references that come to mind, please suggest them as well. --Matt

A New 'Document of the Month' (April 2016)

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.
Confucius say… Dictatorship is good thing!

《人民公安》信箱:“什么叫‘专政’?” (1965年9月30日)
(click on the title to view the document)

Soviet celebrities in China?

Hello, I am doing a dissertation at The Ohio State University on China’s evolving views of the Soviet Union from the 1920s-50s.  After reading the recent posts on the Beatles in the PRC, I was wondering if anyone knows of specific Soviet cultural figures that created a “craze” among Chinese.  I know that 保尔 / Pavel, the fictional hero of 《钢铁是怎样炼成的》made a profound impact on the subjectivities of early PRC youth, as did Soviet films such as 列宁在十月, etc.  Also, Soviet cultural troupes frequently came to China in the 1950s, and Russian songs like 莫斯科郊外的晚上 were quite popular.

The Beatles in PRC?

Dear colleagues,

First of all, many thanks for the opportunity to read your very informative posts and discussions.

I hope you don't mind my asking this question (I am not at all a specialist, I don't read Chinese - I'm trying to write a Cultural History of the  Sixties):

Is it possible that The Beatles were known (heard and imitated) in the PRC in 1964?

STIs and fertility in the 1950s-60s

Dear colleagues, 

One again I rely on the collective brain of H-PRC.

Does any of you know of specific works (or data collections) that deal with Sexual Transmitted Infections and/or women's fertility rates in the 1950s and 1960s? I am particularly interested in the Great Leap Forward period. 

This is probably pie in the sky...

Thank you!



PRC History Group Reception, AAS 2016, Seattle

We hope you've all marked your calendars for The PRC History Group reception at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Please drop by for a drink, light refreshments, and the chance to talk with colleagues interested in the history of the PRC.

Friday, April 1, 2016

8:30 - 10:30 pm

Seattle Sheraton, Cedar Room

CFP: Dynamic China - British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference 2016

Dynamic China - British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies
Annual Conference 2016
23rd – 24th June 2016, King’s College London

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Kerry Brown (King’s College London)
Prof. Barend ter Haar (University of Oxford)
Prof. Julia C. Strauss (SOAS, University of London)

Brown and Johnson interview about Maoism at the Grassroots

Carla Nappi recently interviewed Jeremy Brown and Matthew Johnson about their new volume, Maoism at the Grassroots: Everyday Life in China's Era of High Socialism (Harvard, 2015).  The three of them discussed some of the new research, new approaches, and new insights highlighted in the book, as well as what it means to do grassroots history, the benefits and challenges of international collaborations, and more.