Ivan T. Berend





1958                Ph.D. in History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1957                Doctor degree in Economics, Budapest University of Economics

1949-1953       M.A. in Economics and History, Summa cum Laude, Budapest University of Economics and Faculty of Philosophy, Eötvös Lorand University, Budapest 




1993-               University of California Los Angeles, Center for European and Eurasian Studies,


1990-               University of California, Los Angeles, Department of History, Professor

1985-1990       Hungarian Academy of Sciences, President

1975-1982       Hungarian Historical Association, President

1973-1979       Budapest University of Economics, Rector

1953-1991       Budapest University of Economics, Department of Economic History,

                        1964-1991  Professor

                        1960-1964  Associate Professor

                        1953-1960  Assistant Professor

1993                St. Anthony's College, Oxford, Senior visiting fellow

1982-1983       Woodrow Wilson International Center of Scholars, Washington D.C., Fellow

1980                All Souls College, Oxford, Fellow

1978                University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Professor

1972-1973       St. Anthony's College, Oxford, Fellow

1966-1967       Columbia University, New York, Ford-Fellow


Lectured intensively at German, American, British, Japanese, Israeli, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Austrian, Canadian and other universities.






--         Keynote speaker at the international symposium at Chiba University, Japan on the Historical legacy of Socialism in Eastern Europe, December 2003.

--         Participant of the opening panel at the 19th International Congress of History, Oslo, Norway, August 2000.

--         Keynote address at the meeting of the United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva, May 2000.

--         "Festvortrag" at the special session of the Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, Munich, November 1995

--         Participant of the opening panel at the 18th International Congress of History, Montreal, Canada, 1995

--         Suntory-Toyota Lecture at the London School of Economics, 1993

--         Guest Speaker at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 1991

--         Guest Speaker at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 1990

--         Central Lecture of the General Assembly of the Royal Belgien Academy of Sciences in 1990

--         Opening lecture of the festive General Assembly of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1990

--         Panglaykim Memorial Lecture in Djakarta in 1990

--         Ellen MacArthur Lectures at Cambridge University, Britain, 1984




1995-2000 International Committee of Historical Sciences, President,    

                        1990-95 First Vice President

                        2000-     “member conseiller” of the Bureau

1988-1990 George Soros-Hungarian Academy Foundation, Co-Chairman

1986-1994  International Economic History Association, Vice-President

1987-   Institute of East-West Studies, New York

                        1987-1990 Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors

                        1990-1994 Director

                        1994-     Honorary Chairman Emeritus





1996                Honorary member of the Portuguese Association of International Relations

1995    Honorary doctor of Janus Pannonius University, Hungary

1990    Honorary doctor of Glasgow University

1989    Corresponding member of the British Academy

1989    Corresponding member of the Austrian Academy

1989    Corresponding member of the Sudosteuropa-Gesellschaft

1989    Member of the Academia Europaea

1988    Honorary member of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences

1988    Honorary member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

1986    Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities

1984    Honorary doctor of St. John's University, New York

1980    Corresponding member of the Royal Historical Society

1973    Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

                        (corresponding,1973; full member,1979)








            19-20th centuries, social and economic history of Europe, especially Central and Eastern Europe; economic modernization, problems of European backwardness; complex - economic, social, ideological, and cultural - history of Central and Eastern Europe in the 19th-20th Century; post-World War II economic problems of Central and Eastern Europe; social, economic and political problems of the region. Transition from state socialism to capitalism.





--          Consultant, US State Department (occasionally: 1996; 2004)

--         From the mid-sixties involved in economic reform work in Hungary and served in different advisory bodies.

--         Head of the working committee on transition toward market economy in Hungary (1988-89).

--         President of the Advisory Body of the Prime Minister of Hungary (1989-90)

--         Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on privatization and marketization of Hungary (1989-93).





            From 1955 published 24 books (eight of them by American, British, Italian and Japanese publishers) and more than 120 studies (partly in British, American, Italian, French, German, Israeli, Belgian, Greek, Russian periodicals), some of them with co-author (George Ránki, marked with an *).

            History Derailed: Central and Eastern Europe in the ‘Long’ 19th Century, Berkeley-Los Angeles; University of California Press, 2003.


            Studies on Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century: Regional Crises and the Case of Hungary, Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate. 2002.*


             Evolution of the Hungarian Economy 1848-1998.  Boulder, Col.: Social Science Monographs. 2001. (With Tamás Csató)


            Decades of Crisis: Central and Eastern Europe Before World War II. Berkeley-Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998. Paperback edition, spring 2001.


            Long-Term Structural Changes in Transforming Central and Eastern Europe, (Edited and with an introductory study), München: Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, 1997.


            Central and Eastern Europe 1944-1993: Detour from the Periphery to the Periphery, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Paperback edition, 1998, Electronic edition, 1999.


            Transition to a Market Economy at the End of the 20th Century, (Edited, and with an introductory study: "End of Century Global Transition to a Market Economy: Laissez-Faire on the Peripheries?"), München: Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft, 1994. (Brazilian edition: 1998)


            Hungarian Economic Reforms 1953-1988. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.


            The Crisis Zone of Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1986. (Japanese edition: 1990)


            Európa gazdasága a 19. században, 1780-1914. (An Economic History of Europe 1780-1914), Budapest: Gondolat Kiadó, 1987.*          


            The Hungarian Economy in the Twentieth Century. Beckenham: Croom Helm, 1985*


            Gazdasági útkeresés 1956-1965. (Economic reorientation in Hungary, 1956-65) Budapest: Magvetö Könyvkiadó, 1983.  


            The European Periphery and Industrialization 1780-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1982. (Japanese edition: 1992, Croatian edition: 1996) *


            Underdevelopment and Economic Growth. Budapest: Akademiai Kiado, 1979 *


            Hungary - a Century of Economic Development. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, Barnes and Noble, 1974 (Italian edition: 1976) *


            Economic Development of East-Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries. New York: Columbia University Press, 1974 (Italian edition: 1978, Japanese edition: 1980) *