Professor James Mark
M.Phil. D.Phil. (Oxon)
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 profound 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 have recently been awarded a Leverhulme Research Leadership Award (2014 – 2019), which will bring a team of four postdoctoral fellows, and two PhD students, to Exeter. Together we will be embarking on a range of projects which address the way in which the fall of state socialism in Europe, and the transition that followed, has come to be understood both in the region which experienced these events, and in the wider world.
For information on my book, 'The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in central-eastern Europe', see yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp 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:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b011jv8c (about half way through the programme)
For information on 'Europe's 1968. Voices of Revolt' (OUP, 2013), see http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199587513.do#.UlVavxByaFI