Matthew D. Johnson

The PRC History Group

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The PRC History Group is 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 decades prior to the official change of state power in 1949. The PRC History Group manages H-PRC, an H-Net Channel, that hosts scholarly discussions in addition to distributing news and announcements of interest to PRC historians. The Group also distributes and archives Chinese-language journals as well as the Group’s own English-language PRC History Review, which contains roundtable discussions on recent scholarship in PRC history.

The PRC History Review

The PRC History Group distributes and archives Chinese-language journals as well as the Group’s own English-language PRC History Review, which contains roundtable discussions on recent scholarship in PRC history.

Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present

Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Johnson_Visualizing Modern ChinaMemory, 1750–Present, offers a sophisticated yet accessible interpretation of modern Chinese history through visual imagery. With rich illustrations and a companion website, it is an ideal textbook for college-level courses on modern Chinese history and on modern visual culture. Topics include: Qing court ritual, rebellion and war, urban/rural relations, art and architecture, sports, the Chinese diaspora, state politics, film propaganda and censorship, youth in the Cultural Revolution, environmentalism, and Internet culture.

Companion Website for the Book

The companion website to the aforementioned book provides links to visual materials for every chapter in the book. All of the images that appear in the book, along with many supplemental images, are available in formats easily imported into commonly used presentation software. For each chapter, the authors have also included lists of further readings and study questions

Carolyn Herbst Lewis

Carolyn Lewis - Modern Medicine BlogMedicine in America student blog

The content of the Medicine in America student blog is written by students enrolled in a course on the history of American medicine at Grinnell College. The course is taught annually by Professor Carolyn Lewis. All contents, ideas, opinions, and errors belong to the author of each individual post, and do not reflect the ideas, opinions, or policies of the professor, the other contributors, or Grinnell College.


Nursing Clio

Carolyn Herbst Lewis was a co-founder of Nursing Clio. Until JanuaryLewis_Nursing Clio 2015, she served as an editor and contributor. Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine. The mission of Nursing Clio is to provide a platform for historians, health care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to engage in socio-political and cultural critiques of this ongoing and historical dialogue regarding the gendered body, the history of medicine, popular culture, current events, and other issues that catch our attention.

Sarah Purcell

Purcell-Soldiers BlogBlack Civil War Soldiers: A Data Exploration in History 214

In the Fall 2014 semester, students in History 214: The American Civil War and Reconstruction class got help from DASIL to explore data about black soldiers who enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Students had also read several articles that used Geographic Information Systems to do spatial analysis, and I was interested in doing an in-class exercise to help them think critically about military data and to introduce them to using the GIS technology.

Emily Hackman - student, 2016

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Historical Data Requires Historical Finesse

Historical data requires historical finesse

Utilizing contemporary tools to analyze historical data provides a unique way to approach historical research, but can prove to be an arduous process as modern tools may not be compatible with historical data. Emily Hackman (2016) worked with Professor Sarah Purcell to create maps for her book on spectacle funerals of key figures during the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. Using GIS technology, we are able to juxtapose census and election data with the geographic routes in highly analytical maps.