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Ninth annual world history and economics conference held April 12 at Appalachian

Economic historian Mark Harrison will be the featured speaker

BOONE—The Appalachian Spring: Ninth Annual Conference in World History and Economics will be held April 12 at Appalachian State University.

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The interdisciplinary meeting will bring national and international scholars to campus for presentations focused on the theme “Defense, Security, and the Economy.”

This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. Mark Harrison, professor of economics from the University of Warwick (UK). Harrison is a leading specialist in the economic history of Russia, communist regimes and 20th century conflict.

He was one of the first Western economists to work in the Russian archives following the fall of Soviet communism. His research has brought new knowledge about the Russian and Soviet economy into international economic history, especially through comparative projects on the two world wars. He is currently working on the political economy of secrecy and state security.

Harrison is also a research fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies of the University of Birmingham and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He was awarded the Alec Nove Prize in 1998 and the Russian National Award for Applied Economics in 2012.

The conference will also feature panel discussions with scholarly papers and an undergraduate and a graduate panel.

Registration for the conference is $75 and $30 for undergraduate and graduate students. Faculty and students from Appalachian will be admitted free of charge. Meals will be offered at a reduced cost to those who have registered for the conference.

For more information, contact conference organizers Jari Eloranta at 828-262-6006, or; Jeremy Land at 704-689-2055 or

Additional information also is online at