Neal Ascherson

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Full name: Charles Neal Ascherson

Area of interest: History - nationality and nationhood: expert on Poland, Central and Eastern Europe, Scotland

Journals/Organisation: The Observer | The Guardian

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Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/nealascherson

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Education: Eton College; King's College, Cambridge: History

Career: Lieutenant in the Royal Marines during National Service in 42 Commando, Malaya, 1950/52; worked in Kampala for the Uganda National Congress, 1956/7; joined the Manchester Guardian: reporter and leader writer, 1956/58; The Scotsman: Commonwealth correspondent, 1959/60; The Observer: reporter, 1960/63 - European correspondent, 1963/75 - Scottish politics correspondent, 1975/79 - foreign writer, 1979/85 - columnist, 1985/90; Independent on Sunday: columnist, associate editor 1990/98

Current position/role: Observer columnist / reviewer, contributing as a freelance

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Other roles/Main role: Visiting Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 2008-

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Awards/Honours: Journalist of the year, 1987; James Cameron award, 1989; David Watt memorial prize, 1991; Polish Order of Merit, 1992; George Orwell award, 1993; Saltire award for literature, 1995

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Other: Stood for election for the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party in West Renfrewshire, May 1999: came fourth of six candidates. Married to Isabel Hilton

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  • The King Incorporated: Leopold the Second and the Congo, 1963 (Granta Books - new ed 2001) ISBN 1862072906; The Polish August - The Self-Limiting Revolution, 1981 (Viking); The Nazi Legacy. Klaus Barbie and the International Fascist Connection, 1984 (New York Holt, Rinehart and Winston); The Struggles for Poland, 1987 (Ramdom House) ISBN 0394559975; Games With Shadows, 1988 (Radius Press ISBN 009173018X; Black Sea, 1995 (Hill and Wang) ISBN 0809015935

Latest work: Stone Voices: The search for Scotland OCLC 149110727, 2002

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