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A Personal History of Europe

Timothy Garton Ash

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Drawing on half a century of firsthand experience and exemplary scholarship, Timothy Garton Ash tells the story of postwar Europe’s triumphs and tragedies
Timothy Garton Ash, Europe’s “historian of the present,” has been “breathing Europe” for the last half century. In Homelands he embarks on a journey around the postwar continent drawing on his own notes from many great events, giving vivid firsthand accounts of its leading actors, revisiting the places where its history was made, and recalling its triumphs and tragedies through their imprint on the present.
Garton Ash offers an account of events as seen from the ground—history illustrated by memoir. He describes how Europe emerged from wartime devastation to rebuild, liberate, and unite. And then faltered. It is a singular history of a period of unprecedented progress along with a clear-eyed account of how so much went wrong, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the war in Ukraine. A tour d’horizon as well as a tour de force, this is an elegy for the dream of a united Europe.

Timothy Garton Ash is professor of European studies at University of Oxford and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His books include The Magic Lantern, his eyewitness account of the revolutions of 1989, The File: A Personal History, and History of the Present. He lives in Oxford, England.

“We know there are Germans, Italians, Spaniards and Poles—but are there Europeans? Yes, at least one: Timothy Garton Ash. Homelands is the brilliant, captivating story of how he became one.”—Mark Lilla, author of The Once and Future Liberal

“This book, from a man who had a front-row seat to much of the history he describes, draws on his experiences and those of his friends to bring events to vivid life.”—M. E. Sarotte, author of Not One Inch

“Garton Ash deftly combines scholarship, journalistic experience, and personal observations and stories in Homelands. He offers an intellectual’s history with a popular touch that is both delightful and thought-provoking.”—Robert B. Zoellick, author of America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

“Garton Ash has carved out a unique niche as a ‘historian of the present.’ Homelands combines his eye-witness account of Europe’s evolution with his keen historical insight to offer an innovative and compelling book.”—Charles A. Kupchan, Georgetown University and Council on Foreign Relations, author of Isolationism
ISBN: 9780300257076
Publication Date: May 23, 2023
368 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
25 b/w illus.

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