Professor James Mark


M.Phil. D.Phil. (Oxon)


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Telephone: 01392 724295

Most of my 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, or aims to connect the region to broader global histories and processes through transnational and comparative methods.

I have published on 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. I have also recently co-authored a monograph titled 'Europe's 1968': it is a work that incorporates the socialist east and Mediterranean dictatorships into a comparative and transnational account of the activisms of the1960s and 1970s.

Currently,  I am 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).

I am currently Principal Investigator on two major research research projects. The first is a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award (2014 – 2019): '1989 after 1989: Rethinking the Fall of State Socialism in Global Perspective'. This has brought a team of four research fellows, and two PhD students, to Exeter. Together we will be embarking on a range of projects which aim to place the end of state socialism in both longer-term and global contexts, connecting this major historical transformation to broader political, economic and cultural processes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The second is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded project, in collaboration with six other institutions,  'Socialism Goes Global: Cold War Connections Between the 'Second' and 'Third Worlds''.

For information on  'The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in central-eastern Europe', see It was shortlisted for the 2011 Longman History Today Book Prize, and chosen as one of the 'best books of 2011' by Foreign Affairs.    

To hear me discuss the book on BBC Radio 4, click: (about half way through the programme)

For information on 'Europe's 1968. Voices of Revolt' (OUP, 2013), see

Europe's 1968