About the author

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

He graduated in 1988 university with master’s degrees in modern history and mass communication.

While at university he worked as a free lance journalist, writing for various newspapers and magazines.

He then fulfilled his military service as an officer in the Dutch air force reserve, teaching future military leaders about defence policy and international relations.

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

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

Now fully disabled, he leads a life of resting and writing, mainly about sarcoidosis and buddhism.

From 2012 until 2016 he was a member of the editorial team of the Dutch sarcoidosis magazine.

In 2018 he published a book about the early history of De Standaard, a Dutch nineteenth-century newspaper.