From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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. Garton Ash cut a suspect figure to the Stasi, who regarded him as a "bourgeois-liberal" and potential British spy. Although he denies being or having been a British intelligence operative, Garton Ash described himself as a "soldier behind enemy lines" and described the German Democratic Republic as a "very nasty regime indeed."
In 2005, Garton Ash was listed in Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people. 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."
Garton Ash describes himself as a liberal internationalist
. He is a supporter of what he calls the free world
and liberal democracy, represented in his view by the European Union
, the United States as a super-power, and Angela Merkel's leadership of Germany. Garton Ash opposed Scottish independence
and argued for Britishness
, writing in The Guardian: "being British has changed into something worth preserving, especially in a world of migration where peoples are going to become ever more mixed up together. As men and women from different parts of the former British empire have come to live here in ever larger numbers, the post-imperial identity has become, ironically but not accidentally, the most liberal, civic, inclusive one."
Garton Ash and his Polish-born wife Danuta live primarily in Oxford, England, and also near Stanford University in California as part of his work with the Hoover Institution. They have two sons, Tom Ash, a web-developer based in Canada, and Alec Ash, a writer living in China. His older brother Christopher is a Church of England clergyman.
- Civil Resistance in the Arab Spring: Triumphs and Disasters (Oxford University Press, 2016)
- Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World (Yale University Press, 2016) ISBN 978-0-300-16116-8
- Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade without a Name (Atlantic Books, 2009) ISBN 1-84887-089-2
- 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
Awards and honours ^ a b "Biography"
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