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Encyclopedia > Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash (born 12 July 1955) is the British author of eight books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last quarter-century. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Director of the European Studies Centre at St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a weekly column in The Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He also contributes to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Prospect magazine and the Wall Street Journal. July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... College name St Antonys College Named after Established 1950 Warden Professor Roger Goodman (acting) Graduates 300 Homepage St Antonys College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. ... Hoover Tower at the Hoover Institution The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy think tank and library founded by Herbert Hoover at Stanford University, his alma mater. ... The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in an unincorporated area of Santa Clara County. ... The New York Review of Books (or NYRB) is a biweekly magazine on literature, culture, and current affairs published in New York which takes as its point of departure that the discussion of important books is itself an indispensable literary activity. ... The Guardian is a British newspaper owned by the Guardian Media Group. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... ... Prospect logo Prospect is a liberal monthly British essay and comment magazine covering a wide range of topics, but specialising in politics and current affairs. ... The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...



After studying Modern History at Oxford, his research into the German Resistance to Hitler took him to Berlin, where he lived, in both the western and eastern halves of the divided city, for several years. From there, he started to travel widely behind the Iron Curtain. Throughout the 1980s, he reported and analysed the emancipation of Central Europe from communism in contributions to the New York Review of Books, The Independent, The Times and the Spectator. He was Foreign Editor of the Spectator, editorial writer on Central European affairs for the The Times, and a columnist on foreign affairs for The Independent. In 1986-87 he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. Since 1990, he has been a Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, where he now directs the European Studies Centre and is Gerd Bucerius Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary History. He became a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 2000. A frequent lecturer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and a Corresponding Fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Bust of Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Memorial to the German Resistance, Berlin) The German Resistance refers to those individuals and groups in Nazi Germany who opposed the regime of Adolf Hitler between 1933 and 1945. ... Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945, standard German pronunciation in the IPA) was the Führer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Warsaw Pact countries to the east of the Iron Curtain are shaded red; NATO members to the west of it — blue. ... Central Europe The Alpine Countries and the Visegrád Group (Political map, 2004) Central Europe is the region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Eastern and Western Europe. ... Communism is an ideology that seeks to establish a classless, stateless social organization based on common ownership of the means of production. ... The New York Review of Books (or NYRB) is a biweekly magazine on literature, culture, and current affairs published in New York which takes as its point of departure that the discussion of important books is itself an indispensable literary activity. ... The Independent is a British compact newspaper published by Tony OReillys Independent News & Media. ... The Times is a national newspaper published daily in the United Kingdom since 1785, and under its current name since 1788. ... The Spectator is a British conservative political magazine, established 1828, published weekly. ... The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (or Wilson Center) was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by act of Congress in 1968. ... Flag Seal Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location Location of Washington, D.C., with regard to the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia. ... The Royal Society of Literature is the senior literary organisation in Britain. External link The Royal Society of Literature Categories: Literature stubs | Literature of the United Kingdom ... The Royal Historical Society was founded in 1868. ... The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) is a British multi-disciplinary institution, based in London. ...

His honours include the David Watt Memorial Prize, Commentator of the Year in the ‘What the Papers Say’ annual awards for 1989, the Premio Napoli, the Imre Nagy Memorial Plaque, the Hoffmann von Fallersleben Prize for political writing, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, and the British CMG. In 2005, he featured in a list of 100 top global public intellectuals chosen by the journals Prospect and Foreign Policy, and in Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. He was recently awarded the George Orwell Prize for political writing. What The Papers Say, is one of the longest running programmes on British television. ... The Bundesverdienstkreuz (the official name is Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany) is the only general Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... The British honours system is a means of rewarding individuals personal bravery, achievement or service to the United Kingdom. ... Some of the public intellectuals who won The 2005 Global Intellectuals Poll. ... Prospect is a left-wing monthly British essay and comment magazine covering a wide range of topics, but specialising in politics and current affairs. ... A foreign policy is a set of political goals that seeks to outline how a particular country will interact with the other countries of the world. ... Time (whose trademark is capitalized TIME) is a weekly American newsmagazine, similar to Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report. ...


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Awards and honors

  • Somerset Maugham Award
  • Order of Merit from the Czech Republic
  • Order of Merit from Germany
  • Order of Merit from Poland
  • Honorary doctorate from St. Andrew's University, Scotland
  • British CMG
  • George Orwell Prize
  • Kullervo Killinen -prize from Finland (2006)

Partial bibliography

  • Free World: America, Europe, and the Surprising Future of the West (Random House, 2004) ISBN 1-4000-6219-5
  • History of the Present: Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s (Allen Lane, 1999) ISBN 0-7139-9323-5
  • The File: A Personal History (Random House, 1997) ISBN 0-679-45574-4
  • In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (Random House, 1993) ISBN 0-394-55711-5
  • The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin, and Prague (Random House, 1990) ISBN 0-394-58884-3
  • The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (Random House, 1989) ISBN 0-394-57573-3
  • The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, 1980–82 (Scribner, 1984) ISBN 0-684-18114-2
  • Und Willst Du Nicht Mein Bruder Sein...Die DDR Heute (Rowohlt, 1981) ISBN 3-499-33015-6

External links

  • TimothyGartonAsh.com - his main website
  • Ash discusses, Free World, at the Carnegie Council
  • Ash dicuesses, History of the Present, at the Carnegie Council
  • FreeWorldWeb - forums provided for readers to respond to Free World
  • Guardian Unlimited - Timothy Garton Ash full column archives
  • Hoover Institution - Timothy Garton Ash profile
  • Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley - 1996 Sanford S. Elberg Lecturer: Timothy Garton Ash profile, Is Europe Becoming Europe? lecture, transcript and video of Conversations with History - Intellectual Odyssey interview
  • openDemocracy author - Timothy Garton Ash
  • We are making a fatal mistake by ignoring the dissidents within Islam, Guardian 15 March 2007, Timothy Garton Ash

  Results from FactBites:
Free World by Timothy Garton Ash: Reviews (501 words)
So angered does Garton Ash become at the small-minded folly and moral cowardice of much present-day political debate that his cool and witty prose turns into a red-hot, passionate manifesto for free trade, responsible environmentalism, a better deal for the world's poor and a more effective transatlantic partnership to fashion a global open society.
Garton Ash for speaking what ought to be commonly accepted wisdom but has often gotten lost in the maelstrom.
Garton Ash is conscientious enough to think mass poverty unfair, but he has too much faith in the powerful leaders he has observed so closely.
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