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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)


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

Tim's insightful comment made me think of possibilities for extending the space of comparison. It would be interesting, for example in a grad seminar, to start with this document and similar examples of bureaucratic production in the past (Qing and Republican) but then add examples from other bureaucracies. And not just the socialist ones.

Research Notes and Resources from PRC Historians

We are very excited to announce a new section of the website -- "Research Notes."

The current notes cover ongoing research programs, histories, and states of the field with special reference to China- and PRC-related research communities based in Europe.  Titles appear below.  Reports can be accessed via

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