Timothy Garton Ash

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Timothy Garton Ash is a contemporary historian who focuses on Europe since 1945, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Garton Ash is in residence at Hoover on a part-year basis, while continuing his appointment as director of the European Studies Centre and Gerd Bucerius Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary History of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Among the topics his work has covered are the emancipation and eventual liberation of Central Europe from communism, the eastern policy of Germany and that country's eventual reunification, how countries deal with a difficult past, the role of intellectuals in politics, and the relationship between the European Union and the larger Europe. He is currently working on a book about Europe and America. Garton Ash is a fellow of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of Arts. He is a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy and a member of several prestigious editorial boards.
He has also received numerous honors and awards for distinguished scholarship including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and an honorary doctorate from St. Andrew's University, the oldest University in Scotland. He frequently writes for leading newspapers and magazines and is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. Garton Ash holds two degrees in modern history from Exeter College, Oxford, and studied at the graduate level at St. Antony's College, Oxford, at the Free University in West Berlin, and at Humboldt University in East Berlin.[1]



  • History of the Present: Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s (1999)
  • The File: A Personal History (1998) In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993)
  • The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 as Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (1990)
  • The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (1989)
  • The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, 1980–82 (1983)
  • Und Willst Du Nicht Mein Brüder Sein . . . Die DDR Heute (1981).

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