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.

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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.

First issue of PRC History Review Book Review Series

The PRC History Group is pleased to announce the first issue in the PRC History Review Book Review Series. Spencer Stewart reviews Sigrid Schmalzer's Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (University of Chicago Press, 2016), with a response from the author. http://prchistory.org/prc-history-review/  


Member publication: Who’s Afraid of Confucius?

Dear H-PRC: I have a new contribution coming out on the Confucius Institutes: 

Fiskesjö, Magnus. Who’s Afraid of Confucius? Fear, Encompassment, and the Global Debates over the Confucius Institutes.

In: Yellow Perils: China Narratives in the Contemporary World, ed. Franck Billé and Sören Urbansky. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018, pp. 221-245. 

The book will come out very soon, this month or next, it is already listed: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9993-9780824875794.aspx