The Other Globalisers conference programme now available

Join the 1989 after 1989 research team for our conference on the “Other Globalisers” – how the socialist and the...

Join us for our conference on the “Other Globalisers”, Exeter 6-7 July 2017

The Other Globalisers: How the Socialist and the Non-Aligned World Shaped the Rise of Post-War Economic Globalisation Location: Exeter University,...

The Future of the Past: Why the End of Yugoslavia is Still Important

By Ljubica Spaskovska A new socialist model is emerging in the western Balkans. Can its political vocabulary transcend the ethno-national dividing...

Writing Human Rights into the History of State Socialism

By Ned Richardson-Little The collapse of the Communist Bloc in 1989-1991 is viewed as one of the great triumphs of...

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Professor James Mark

Principal Investigator


James Mark is Professor of History at the University of Exeter and Principal Investigator on the 1989 after 1989 project.


Most of his research has addressed the social and cultural history of state socialism and its collapse 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, entangled and comparative methods.


the unfinished revolution bookHe is the author of The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe (Yale, 2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Longman History Today Book Prize and chosen as one of the ‘best books of 2011’ by Foreign Affairs. 

The Unfinished Revolution is available through Yale University Press and was discussed by James Mark on BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed.

Voice of revolt bookHe is also co-author of Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt, published by Oxford University Press (2013) and Che in Budapest: Global Revolution in the Eastern Bloc (forthcoming).


with R Gildea, A Warring, Europe’s 1968: Voices of Revolt., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

with R Gildea, Voices of Europe’s ’68 (Special Issue of Cultural and Social History), 2011.

The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe, London and New Haven, Yale University Press, 2010.

with P Apor, Che in Budapest: Global Revolution in the Eastern Bloc (forthcoming)

with M Bracke, ‘Between Decolonisation and the Cold War: Transnational Activism and Its Limits in Europe 1950s-1990s’ (special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History, forthcoming)


with R Gildea, N Pas, European Radicals and the Third World: imagined solidarities and radical networks 1958-73,Cultural and Social History, vol. 4, no. 8, Berg, 2011, 449-471

What Remains? Anti-Communism, Forensic Archaeology and the Retelling of the National Past in Lithuania and Romania, Past and Present, no. 206, 2010, 276-300

Antifascism, the 1956 Revolution and the politics of communist autobiographies in Hungary 1944 – 2000, Europe-Asia Studies, vol. 58, no. 8, 2006, 1209-1240

Society, Resistance and Revolution: The Budapest Middle Class and the Hungarian Communist State 1948-56, The English Historical Review, vol. 120, no. 488, 2005, 963-986

Remembering Rape: Divided Social Memory and the Red Army in Hungary 1944-1945., Past & Present, vol. 188, no. 1, 2005, 133-161

Discrimination, opportunity and middle-class success in early Communist Hungary., The Historical Journal, vol. 48, no. 2, 2005, 499-521

with R Gildea, “Introduction. Voices of Europe’s ’68’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 4, no. 8, Berg, 441-448


with P Apor, Mobilizing Generation: The Idea of 1968 in Hungary, in von der Goltz A (eds) Talkin’ ’bout my generation. Conflicts of Generation Building and Europe’s 1968, Göttingen: Wallstein, 2011, 99-118

Adjusting Biographies: Explaining Communist Party Membership in Central-Eastern Europe, in Stephan A, Obertreis J (eds) Oral history and (post-)socialist socieities, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht unipress, 2009

Antifascism, the 1956 Revolution and the politics of communist autobiographies in Hungary 1944 – 2000, in Cox T (eds)Challenging Communism in Eastern Europe: 1956 and its Legacy, , 2008

Containing Fascism: History in Post-Communist Baltic Occupation and Genocide Museums, in Sarkisova O, Apor P (eds) Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989, Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2008, 335-369

with B Tolmár, Connecting the Peaceful Roads to Socialism? The Rise and Fall of a Culture of Chilean Solidarity in Socialist Hungary 1965-1989, in ,

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