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Michael Rank (1950-2017)

Many visitors to our PR History website have, I know, taken great interest in and followed the link on the “links and resources” page to the many wonderful photographs from China in the 1970s that Michael Rank uploaded a few years ago. Today, sadly, I just wanted you to know that Michael went to see Karl Marx on 20 May, after 5 years of struggle with bile duct cancer.

Gaokao scores post-CR

A colleague (not a China scholar) asked me a question for which I had no answer, so I am passing it on to the H-PRC hive-mind.
He is looking for data on the gaokao scores of students admitted to universities in the post-Mao era (1977 to early 1980s). He has read (or I suggested he should read) the obvious studies in English (Unger, Pepper, etc.) but please, send along suggestions!

Many thanks!




Re: How many consular missions in Mao Zedong's China outside Beijing?

Dear Michael,

I think you might find something in Swedish Foreign Ministry's archives (I think I have seen similar documents in French archives but I don't have the reference). They probably keep informations on foreign consulates in China, in the folders like "Foreign diplomatic missions in China". As Sweden was one of the first western countries present in Beijing after 1949, their information might be very interesting. And I think this approach also corresponds to the theme of the latest PRC history review.

Best wishes,


Re: How many consular missions in Mao Zedong's China outside Beijing?


I am not aware of a single, comprehensive list. I've seen this type of information for specific provinces/municipalities in 外事志 editions of gazetteers. These volumes will often list when the consulate opened, when they closed, who the consul general was, etc.

I am aware of consulates in the following locales: Shanghai, Nanning, Kunming, Shenyang, Urumqi, Kashgar, Tacheng, Altai, and Yining. But I'm sure there are others.


How many consular missions in Mao Zedong's China outside Beijing?

Dear colleagues,

Does anybody out there happen to have a  list of the foreign diplomatic missions that existed outside Beijing in the Mao years, and in which cities they were located? I suspect there would have been small missions representing neighbouring countries (e.g. Nepal, India, Burma, etc.) in places like Lhasa and Kunming, but I do not have much reliable and even less complete information concerning the overall picture for China as a whole. Any and all help will be much appreciated!

New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 (June 2017)

New Issue of The PRC History Review, Vol. 2, No. 3 (June 2017)

We are very pleased to announce that the latest issue of The PRC History Review is now available.  This issue contains the third of our Roundtables -- China from Without: Doing PRC History in Foregin Archives, edited by Arunabh Ghosh & Sören Urbansky, with contributions from Jennifer Altehenger, Fredy González, Jamie Monson, Nicolai Volland, Zuoyue Wang, and Dongxin Zou.

Sino-American Competition in the Third World

Greeting H-PRC:

I wanted to share a recent video from C-Span featuring a talk that I gave for the Natioanl History Seminar in May. The subject was my book: Winning the Third World: Sino-American Competition in the Third World. The book will be the subject of a round table on H-Diplo later in the year. 


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