Neal Ascherson


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in Edinburgh, Scotland
October 05, 1932

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Charles Neal Ascherson is a Scottish journalist and writer.

He was born in Edinburgh and educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, where he read history and graduated with a triple starred first. He was described by the historian Eric Hobsbawm as "perhaps the most brilliant student I ever had. I didn't really teach him much, I just let him get on with it."

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Black Sea

3.95 avg rating — 436 ratings — published 1995 — 21 editions
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Stone Voices: The Search fo...

3.64 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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The King Incorporated: Leop...

3.80 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 1963
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The Struggles for Poland

4.20 avg rating — 15 ratings — published 1987 — 3 editions
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The Death of the Fronsac

3.39 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 2017 — 5 editions
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The Polish August: The Self...

3.14 avg rating — 7 ratings — published 1982 — 7 editions
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Games with Shadows

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Chroniques de La Mer Noire:...

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The Yes Road: A Reflection ...

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The Book of Lech Walesa

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“To be defeated, but not to give in, is victory.

- Jósef Piłsudski”
Neal Ascherson, Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero

“All human populations are in some sense immigrants. All hostility between different cultures in one place has an aspect of the classic immigrant grudge against the next boatload approaching the shore. To defend one’s home and fields and ancestral graves against invasion seems a right. But to claim unique possession – to compound the fact of settlement with the aspect of a landscape into an abstract of eternal and immutable ownership – is a joke.”
Neal Ascherson, Black Sea

“History — the product, not the raw material — is a bottle with a label. For many years now, the emphasis of historical discussion has been laid upon the label (its iconography, its target-group of customers) and upon the interesting problems of manufacturing bottle-glass. The contents, on the other hand, are tasted in a knowing, perfunctory way and then spat out again. Only amateurs swallow them.”
Neal Ascherson, Black Sea

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