James Mark

Professor of History

University of Exeter

James Mark's research addresses the social and cultural history of state socialism in central-eastern Europe, the politics of memory in the area during both socialism and post-socialism, and aims to connect the region to broader global histories and processes through transnational and comparative methods. Mark has published work looking at the way in which history gets recast at moments of major political change, addressing the ways in which political elites, cultural institutions, institutes of memory, and ordinary people have contributed to the re-imagining of the past after the fall of Communism in eastern Europe after 1989. He has also recently co-authored a monograph titled Europe's 1968, a work that incorporates the socialist east and Mediterranean dictatorships into a comparative and transnational account of the activisms of the1960s and 1970s.

Currently, Mark is working on a book (with Dr. Péter Apor) on the impact of the politics of decolonisation, peaceful co-existence, anti-imperialism, and market socialism on official and nonconformist cultures of late socialist Hungary, and editing a collection Between Decolonisation and the Cold War: Transnational Activism and Its Limits in Europe 1950s-1990s (with Dr. Maud Bracke). Mark is also the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in central-eastern Europe, published by Yale Press. The book was shortlisted for the 2011 Longman History Today Book Prize, and chosen as one of the best books of 2011 by Foreign Affairs.

Mark is Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme Trust (UK) Research Leadership Award 1989 after 1989: Rethinking the Fall of State Socialism in Global Perspective (2014-2019) and an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the 'Second' and 'Third Worlds' 1945-1991 (2014-2018).