Mark Harrison

Research Fellow / National Fellow
Biography: 

Mark Harrison is a research fellow and a former national fellow (2008–9) at the Hoover Institution. He is an economic historian and specialist in Soviet affairs, currently affiliated with the Hoover Institution Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes led by Hoover research fellow Paul R. Gregory.

In addition to his Hoover appointment, Harrison is a professor of economics at the University of Warwick in England and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Birmingham. Harrison was one of the first Western economists to work in the Russian archives following the fall of Soviet communism. His work has brought new knowledge about the Russian and Soviet economy into mainstream economics and international economic history, especially through projects on the two world wars. He is currently working on the political economy of secrecy and state security in the Soviet Union.

Harrison has written or edited a number of books, including Guns and Rubles: The Defense Industry in the Stalinist State, published in 2008 in the Yale-Hoover series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War; The Economics of World War I (Cambridge University Press, 2005); and The Economics of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 1998). His articles have appeared in leading journals of comparative economics, economic history, and Russian studies. His work on Russia's historical national accounts in wartime was recognized by the Alec Nove Prize of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (1998) and the Russian National Award for Applied Economics (2012).

He has a BA in economics and politics from Cambridge University and a DPhil in modern history from Oxford University.

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Enemy Of The State

by Mark Harrisonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What was everyday life like under the Soviet police state?

Analysis and Commentary

The KGB Gave My Book Its Title

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My book One Day We Will Live Without Fear: Everyday Lives Under the Soviet Police State is published today in the US. It will be available in Europe from February 29. This is the story behind the title of the last chapter of my book, which I also used as the title of the book as a whole.

Analysis and Commentary

Fixing Global Inequality, Or Not: Eleven Steps, Not All Easy

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Monday, January 25, 2016

I have many cousins of various degrees, all lovely people who care about the state of the world. 

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Analysis and Commentary

Supplying Hatred

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Friday, January 1, 2016

The image originated on a facebook page called “I hate David Cameron.” Then it was shared around until one of my friends liked it. So, on Christmas Day in the evening, it appeared on my facebook home page.

Analysis and Commentary

The Great War: The Value Of Remembering It As It Really Was

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Monday, November 2, 2015

In the spring of 2013, the British government was considering how the nation should remember the centenary of the Great War.

Analysis and Commentary

The KGB Ran The World's Largest Programme For Individual Behaviour Modification

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Just forty years ago this week, on 31 October 1975, KGB chairman Yurii Andropov made a “top secret” report to the members of the Central Committee of the ruling Soviet Communist Party. Andropov had a simple message: In the war on anti-Soviet activity, he said, we are winning.

Analysis and Commentary

World War II: China's Losses In A Grim Perspective

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Today is the seventieth anniversary of Japan's surrender in 1945, marking the end of World War II. It seems timely to give some thought to the impact of Japan's war on China. Where does World War II rank in the disasters that befell China in the twentieth century?

Analysis and Commentary

Jeremy Corbyn And The Uninvited Guest

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Away from England's shores, I have watched Labour's leadership contest at a distance and, so far, in silence. But I will be home imminently, and the prospect has given me words.

Analysis and Commentary

Leading The Seminar: A Battlefield Approach

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Monday, July 13, 2015

A colleague at the beginning of a university career in another country wrote to me: What is the purpose and structure of the seminar in your experience? What is the role of the student, and what is the role of the teacher? As this is one of the most difficult questions I've ever been asked, it took me some time to work out a reply.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia's Leaders: Thieves Versus Policemen

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Monday, July 6, 2015

Yevgeniy Primakov, who has died aged 85, was briefly Russia's prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin. Primakov's early career followed a classic Soviet trajectory: a specialist and postgraduate researcher in foreign afffairs, he became a foreign correspondent, a collaborator with the KGB's foreign service, and an Academician.

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