George Louis Beer Prize
The American Historical Association offers the George Louis Beer Prize in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. This prize was established in accordance with the terms of a bequest by George Louis Beer (1872–1920), historian of the British colonial system before 1765, to be awarded annually for the best work on any phase of European international history since the year 1895 that is submitted by a scholar who is a United States citizen or permanent resident. The phrase “European international history since the year 1895” may be understood to mean any study of international history since the year 1895 with a significant European dimension. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly historical nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- Only books bearing a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 prize.
- 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 “Beer 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 Beer Prize
Frederick Cooper, New York Univ.
Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960 (Princeton Univ. Press)
With magisterial command of postwar French and African history and prodigious research, Cooper overturns the familiar narrative of decolonization, persuasively undermining the teleology of anti-colonial nationalism. French and West African intellectuals and politicians, he shows, attempted to reimagine the empire through novel forms of geopolitical and social integration. National states emerged only after the failure to establish common ideas of citizenship. This revolutionary study is essential to understanding both European and African history since 1945.