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

New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 2 (April 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available.  This issue contains the third article in our Research Paper Series -- Joseph W. Esherick, "The CCP in the 1930s: The View from Defectors' Declarations ((脱离共党宣言)."
Please visit prchistory.org to read the new issue:



Xinhua's PhotoMall question

Someone asked us (via twitter) if any PRC historians have experience using Xinhua's PhotoMall.  Can any H-PRC members respond?

If you're on twitter, you can reply @prchistory

You can also reply to this list, and we'll share any info with the questioner!



Reproducing images and copyright

Greetings folks,

I need to reproduce three images from the following sources (all from the mid-1950s) for an upcoming publication: 
1. Times of India online database via ProQuest (advertisement)
2. Guangming ribao online database (photograph)
3. Archived personal papers (Newspaper photograph that I personally clicked at the archive)

Rural art during the Cultural Revolution

Dear colleagues, 

I am starting a project on socially-engaged art in the countryside and I am doing some background historical research. I was wondering if any of you had experience doing research in local archives on rural art during the Cultural Revolution. I would like to know what to expect before going back to China in the summer. Also, do you have any suggestion for secondary literature (in Chinese or English) on the topic? 

Many thanks,

Zhou Yanhua


Looking for Research on Chinese Perceptions of, and Experience With, National Debt

I am looking for literature focused on China’s relationship with internal and foreign debt throughout its entire history, but primarily as the country began to modernize economically during the 1970s.  Any suggestions of books or articles focused on how debt has been viewed or used in China’s foreign or domestic politics would be greatly welcomed and appreciated. Thank-you.