Timothy Garton Ash

Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Timothy Garton Ash, an internationally acclaimed contemporary historian whose work has focused on Europe’s history since 1945, is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Garton Ash is in residence at Hoover on a part-time basis; he continues his work as professor of European studies and the Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University.

Among the topics he has covered are the liberation of Central Europe from communism, Germany before and after its reunification, how countries deal with a difficult past, and the European Union’s relationships with partners including the United States and rising non-Western powers such as China. His current research focuses on global free speech in the age of the Internet and mass migration (see the 13-language interactive Oxford University project www.freespeechdebate.com).

His most recent book is Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World (2016), and he edited Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-Violent Action from Gandhi to the Present (2009). His previous books include Facts Are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name (2010); Free World: America, Europe and the Surprising Future of the West (2004); 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 Polish Revolution: Solidarity, 1980–82 (1983); and Und Willst Du Nicht Mein Brüder Sein.

Garton Ash is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Historical Society, and the Royal Society of Arts and has received numerous honors and awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the George Orwell Prize, the Order of Merit from Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and honorary doctorates from St. Andrew's University and the Catholic University of Leuven.

He writes a regular column in the Guardian, which is widely syndicated in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.

Garton Ash, who holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford, did graduate studies at St. Antony's College, Oxford, at the Free University in West Berlin, and at Humboldt University in East Berlin.

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The Last Revolution

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2001

How—and why—did Slobodan Milosevic finally fall from power? Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash offers an eyewitness report.

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Europe—One Number for the New President to Call?

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 22, 2001

What kind of partner will the resulting EU-rope be for the United States?

United We Fall

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2000

Europe’s drive toward unification threatens just the opposite—disunity. By Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash.

The Ugly Beauty of Backwardness

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2000

Hoover fellow Timothy Garton Ash reports from Burma, one of the most repressive and isolated states in the world. He finds a country straight out of the pages of Rudyard Kipling—and George Orwell.

Winning the Balkans to Lose Them

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 30, 2000

Hoover visiting fellow Timothy Garton Ash reports from a recent trip to Kosova. He finds that although the West won the war, it risks losing the peace.

The World Turned Right Side Up

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2000

"All revolutions are failures," George Orwell once wrote. Alas for him, he never lived to see the velvet revolutions of 1989. By Hoover visiting fellow Timothy Garton Ash.

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