George L. Mosse Prize
The American Historical Association awards the George L. Mosse Prize annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since 1500. This prize was established with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Dr. Mosse. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly distinction should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important selection factors.
- Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Mosse Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Mosse Prize
Ekaterina Pravilova, Princeton Univ.
A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia (Princeton Univ. Press)
This extraordinary, deeply researched study discovers the “public things” of Imperial Russia through its 19th-century debates over property rights. Liberal politicians and professional experts sought to secure a “public empire” between private property and the state via rivers and forests, minerals and icons, literary manuscripts and historical monuments. A compelling, profoundly original work of scholarship, this book deepens and complicates our understanding of how a public domain developed in modern Europe.