Homelands: A Personal History of Europe

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Homelands: A Personal History of Europe

Friday, 10 March 2023 - 5:00pm to 6:45pm
ESC Seminar Room
Timothy Garton Ash (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Paul Betts (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Lenka Bustikova Siroky (St Antony’s College, Oxford); Sonia Cuesta Maniar (St Antony’s College, Oxford); David Priestland (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)
European Studies Seminar

On the occasion of the publication of Timothy Garton Ash’s new book Homelands: A Personal History of Europe (Bodley Head, March 2023)

Timothy Garton Ash discusses his new book with Lenka Bustikova Siroky, Sonia Cuesta Maniar (St Antony’s, Oxford) and David Priestland (St Edmund Hall, Oxford).

This is a hybrid event - if you would like to join online, please register on Zoom

'A moving love letter to Europe' Lea Ypi, author of Free

Homelands is a stunning blend of contemporary history, reporting and memoir by our greatest writer about Europe.

Drawing on half a century of travel and thinking, Homelands tells the story of Europe since its emergence from wartime hell in 1945: how it slowly recovered and rebuilt, liberated and united to come close to the ideal of a Europe 'whole, free and at peace'. And then faltered.

Timothy Garton Ash has spent a lifetime studying Europe. Highly personal and deeply felt, this book is also full of vivid experiences, encounters and anecdotes: from his father's memories of D-Day to interviewing Polish dockers, Albanian guerrillas in the mountains of Kosovo, and angry teenagers in the poorest quarters of Paris, as well as advising prime ministers, chancellors and presidents in the UK, Europe and the US.

Homelands is both a living, breathing history of a period of unprecedented progress and a clear-eyed account of how so much then went wrong, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the war in Ukraine. At its heart, this book is an urgent call to the citizens of this great old continent to understand and defend what we have collectively achieved.

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of ten books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last half century. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow 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. He writes a column on international affairs in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas. After reading 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 nineteen eighties, 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 London Times, and a columnist on foreign affairs in the Independent.


Wine will be served after the discussion, and copies of the book available at a reduced price.