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Mark Harrison elected Fellow of the British Academy

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Mark Harrison elected Fellow of the British Academy

Professor Mark Harrison, Senior Research Fellow and founding member of CAGE, has been elected Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research.

Mark specialises in the political economy and history of communism in Russia, Eastern Europe and China. He also works on the economic history of 20th century conflict and counter-espionage. Earlier this year, he and his co-editors were awarded the Alexander Nove Award for Distinguished Scholarship for a seven-volume economic history entitled The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia.

Recently, Mark reflected on his career in economic history, and how time spent in Moscow in the 1970s shaped his research interests.

Mark is currently working on two projects. One is a paper (with CAGE associate Eugenia Nazrullaeva) called “If You Do Not Change Your Behaviour: Managing Threats to State Security in Lithuania under Soviet Rule.” The other is a book provisionally entitled Secret Leviathan: State Capacity and Secrecy under Soviet Communism, for Yale University Press.

Commenting on his Fellowship, Mark said ‘It’s a great honour. Nothing has helped me on my way more than being part of a wonderful community, especially my friends, colleagues, and students in economics at Warwick and in Russian history around the world. I’m grateful to them all.’

Recent research highlights

Economic warfare in twentieth century history and strategy, CAGE working paper no. 468, April 2020

The Economics of the Second World War: 75 years on (with Stephen Broadberry) CEPR e-book, May 2020

Contracting for counter-intelligence: the KGB and Soviet informers of the 1960s and 1970s, CAGE working paper, no. 408, March 2019