Jules Prast

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Jules Prast (1961) graduated in 1988 from Free University Amsterdam with a master’s degree in modern history and from University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in mass communication.

He then served as a commissioned officer (2nd lieutenant) in the Dutch air force, teaching future military leaders about history and defence policy.

Subsequently he worked in communcation positions, first in the Ministry of Finance, then at ABN Amro Bank (global head of media relations) and finally at Royal Philips Electronics (global head of communications).

In 2008 he retired after he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a chronic inflammatory disease.

Now fully disabled, he leads a life of resting and writing articles and columns.

B4B3CF51-6A37-463D-BB7F-14B249ED1B41In 2016 he resumed his former academic research into the history of De Standaard, a protestant newspaper ans the first political daily in the Netherlands.

In 2018 Jules published his first book, titled De mannen achter De Standaard : geschiedenis van een antirevolutionair dagblad (‘The Men behind De Standaard : A History of an Anti-Revolutionary Newspaper’).