Mark Edele is a historian of the Soviet Union and its successor states, in particular Russia. He is the inaugural Hansen Chair in History as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He was trained as a historian at the Universities of Erlangen, Tübingen, Moscow and Chicago. He is the author of Soviet Veterans of the Second World War (Oxford University Press 2008), Stalinist Society (Oxford University Press, 2011), Stalin’s Defectors (Oxford University Press, 2017), and The Soviet Union. A Short History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2018). He has edited several collections of essays and he is currently working on three books: a historiography of Stalinism, a history of Stalinism at war, and, with Martin Crotty and Neil Diamant, a global history of veterans.