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Re: Review of Mitter and Dikötter

There are similar (and more anguished) memoirs, written and oral, of people who stayed from the 1950s (and earlier) through the CR, ended up in prison (or in horrible conditions) but maintained their allegiance to the PRC and the CCP: The Crooks, the Epsteins, at least one Italian. They are usually evaluated in exactly the same way Mindy mentioned (brainwashing, some  form of psychological twist, etc.). And, in these later cases, these people insisted on maintaining their "fidelity" to the revolution at a time when the revolution was over. 

Re: A New 'Document of the Month' (March 2014)

Thanks, guys, for taking an interest. I'm so deep in the muck of all this, I don't always realize just what other people find interesting and why. Fabio asked for some more of the "texts relative to their indictment" which should not be a problem, if you can give me some time. I will post an URL here in due course and upload the scanned texts to my university website, the one I mention in my short report on research in Sweden, posted on the PRCHISTORY.ORG "Research Notes" page.

Links and Resources

Dear colleagues,

Just a brief invitation to take a stroll by the "links and resources" page of (, if you've got a moment, and share your thoughts concerning essential online resources that we've not yet included.  I hope to keep that section of the site a regularly updated feature, and so would be most grateful for your suggestions now or in the future.  

All best,


Re: Document of the Month: A PRC History Series by Michael Schoenhals

I'm likewise intrigued by the origins, so to speak, of document form.  Having just spent a few weeks with the KMT files in the Hoover Institution library and archives this summer, followed an even more recent survey of 1949-1953 上海市军事管制委员会文化教育管理委员会 files, one immediate parallel between the two "parties of a new type" is that internal communications within both bureaucratic structures use the same "...字...号" log number format.

A New 'Document of the Month' from Michael Schoenhals (March 2014)

The PRC History Group presents the second installment in the Document of the Month Series, curated by Michael Schoenhals.  View the entire series at

March 2014

What Is to Be Done? A Note from the Communist Underground (1961)



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