Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash at the 2016 Hay Festival
Born (1955-07-12) 12 July 1955
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Oxford

Timothy Garton Ash CMG FRSA (born 12 July 1955) is a British historian, author and commentator. He is Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. Much of his work has been concerned with the late modern and contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe.

He has written about the Communist regimes of that region, their experience with the secret police, the Revolutions of 1989 and the transformation of the former Eastern Bloc states into member states of the European Union. He has examined the role of Europe and the challenge of combining freedom and diversity, especially in relation to free speech.


Garton Ash was educated at St Edmund's School, Hindhead, Surrey,[1] before going on to Sherborne School, a well-known public school in Dorset in South West England, followed by Exeter College, Oxford where he studied Modern History. For post-graduate study, he went to St Antony's College, Oxford, and then, in the still divided Berlin, the Free University in West Berlin and the Humboldt University in East Berlin. During his studies in East Berlin, he was under surveillance from the Stasi, which served as the basis for his 1997 book The File.[2]

Pavel Žáček, Timothy Garton Ash and Kristian Gerner (Tallinn, 2012)

Life and career

In the 1980s, Garton Ash was Foreign Editor of The Spectator and a columnist for The Independent. He became a Fellow at St Antony's College in 1989, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution[3] in 2000, and Professor of European Studies at the University of Oxford[4] in 2004. He has written a weekly column in The Guardian since 2004 and is a long-time contributor to the New York Review of Books.[5] His column is also translated in the Turkish daily Radikal[6] and in the Spanish daily El País, as well as other papers.

In 2005 Garton Ash was listed in Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people.[7] There it is mentioned that "Shelves are where most works of history spend their lives. But the kind of history Garton Ash writes is more likely to lie on the desks of the world's decision makers."

Personal life

He and his wife Danuta live predominantly in Oxford, although also in Stanford.[8] They have two sons.[8]


Awards and honours

See also


  1. "St. Ed's - OSE". saintedmunds.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  2. Ash, Timothy (2007-05-31). "The Stasi on Our Minds". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 2014-11-17.
  3. "Fellows: Timothy Garton Ash". Hoover Institution. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  4. "Governing Body Fellows: Professor Timothy Garton Ash". St. Anthony's College. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  5. "Timothy Garton Ash". The New York Review of Books. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  6. "timothy garton ash son dakika gelişmeleri ve haberleri Radikal'de!". Radikal (in Turkish). Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  7. Ferguson, Niall (18 April 2005). "Timothy Garton Ash". TIME.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  8. 1 2 "Biography". timothygartonash.com. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  9. "Premio di Giornalismo". premionapoli.it.
  10. "Timothy Garton Ash :: Biography". timothygartonash.com.
  11. "Eredoctoraten voor Maria Nowak, Timothy Garton Ash en Claudio Magris". Dagkrant Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (in Dutch). 22 December 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
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