Jules Prast


Jules Prast, MA (1961) is a Dutch historian, author and columnist.

Jules writes columns about buddhism for Boeddhistisch Dagblad, a daily web magazine with readers in the Netherlands and Belgium.

In addition, he writes columns about sarcoidosis, a rare chronic inflammatory disease, for the Dutch patient society.

Historian and author
Jules graduated from university with master’s degrees in modern history and mass communications in 1988, having specialised in nineteenth and twentieth century press and media history.

He then served as a commissioned officer in the air force reserve, teaching future military leaders about history and international relations.

Subsequently he left his academic career and started working in communcations 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 corporate communications).

When he was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a chronic inflammatory disease, he had to cut short his career in business and change course in life in 2008.

Now fully disabled, he leads a life of resting and writing. He resumed his prior research into the history of De Standaard, founded in 1872 as the first political daily newspaper in the Netherlands, affiliated with the anti-revolutionary movement of Abraham Kuyper, a Dutch reformed church leader and future prime minister (1901-1905).

B4B3CF51-6A37-463D-BB7F-14B249ED1B41In November 2018 Jules Prast 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’). This book covers the first decades of the paper, which remained in existence until the final years of German occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War (1940-1945).

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