Mark Harrison

National Fellow
Biography: 

Mark Harrison was a research fellow and a former national fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is an economic historian and specialist in Soviet affairs, 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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Mordor: An Economic History

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Needles in the Mega–Haystack: NSA versus KGB

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Margaret Thatcher and Me

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

North Korea: Dangerous, But Not Crazy

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Soaring Dragon, Stumbling Bear, China’s Rise in a Comparative Context

by Mark Harrisonvia University of Warwick
Friday, March 22, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

From 1914 to 2014: The Shadow of Rational Pessimism

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Alternatives to Capitalism: When Dream Turned to Nightmare

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Monday, February 4, 2013
Analysis and Commentary

Fighting For Us — But Against Whom?

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Thursday, January 3, 2013

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