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Sources: PRC Reference Works (English Language)

July 23, 2010

Hsueh, Chun-tu. “Sources on the History of the Chinese Communist Party.” In Essays on the sources for Chinese history, edited by Donald Leslie, Colin Mackerras, Gungwu Wang, C. P. Fitzgerald and Australian National University. Dept. of Far Eastern History, xii, 378. Columbia,: University of South Carolina Press, 1975.

Lists both Chinese and English document collections

Brugger, Bill. “Sources on the Chinese People’s Republic.” In Essays on the sources for Chinese history, edited by Donald Leslie, Colin Mackerras, Gungwu Wang, C. P. Fitzgerald and Australian National University. Dept. of Far Eastern History, xii, 378. Columbia,: University of South Carolina Press, 1975.

Review article; appended is a selected bibliography of documentary collections.

Cheek, Timothy, and Tony Saich. A Guide to material on the Chinese communist movement: Zhang Zhuhong’s Historiography of China’s modern revolutionary history (III). Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1991.

A handy translation of a lengthy historiography survey by a leading party historian.

Lieberthal, Kenneth, and Bruce J. Dickson. A research guide to central party and government meetings in China, 1949-1986. Rev. and expanded ed. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1989.

A guide to 511 central meetings occurring between 1949 and 1985. Provides information on date, type of meeting, place, attendance, agenda, speeches and reports, documents passed, decisions and actions. Includes sources for all information provided. Also includes an introduction outlining key issues in researching these sources. Indexed by location and personal name.

Rinden, Robert, and Roxane Witke. The Red flag waves; a guide to the Hung-ch’i p’iao-p’iao collection, China research monographs no. 3. Berkeley,: Center for Chinese Studies University of California, 1968.

A guide to the Hong qi piao piao 紅旗飄飄, described as a “conglomerate collection of reminiscences” in 16 volumes of revolutionary memoirs (5,7). Lists and summarizes the entries in each volume. Indexed by topic and personal name.

Kuo, Warren. Analytical history of the Chinese Communist Party. 2d ed. Taipei,: Institute of International Relations, 1968.

An English version of the detailed history of the Communist Party by Taiwan’s leading official expert of CCP history. The anti-communist bias is transparent, but Kuo had access to a great deal of original material and this can be useful in following inner party debates, and dating key events and meetings.

Donovan, Peter Williams, Carl E. Dorris, and Lawrence R. Sullivan. Chinese Communist materials at the Bureau of Investigation archives, Taiwan, Michigan papers in Chinese studies; no. 24. Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies University of Michigan, 1976.

Contains a “representative description” of CCP documents available at the BI archives (3). [BI holdings are particularly strong for Shandong, but weak for CCP base areas such as Yen’an.] Gives a “thick” description of the sources available. Organized under subject headings: the Party, mass movements, culture and education, military, base areas. Archive holdings are strongest for the period 1927-1949. N.B. many materials listed here have since been put forth in published form by the P.R.C.

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