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 an imprint of 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prize.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Beer Award Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Beer Prize
R. M. Douglas, Colgate Univ.
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (Yale Univ. Press)
Using archives from seven countries, Douglas offers a compelling account of the expulsion from eastern Europe of 12 to 14 million Germans, mostly women and children, after World War II. With remarkable precision and deft national comparisons, he analyzes how a resettlement policy the Allies intended to be “orderly and humane” descended into chaotic ethnic cleansing. Douglas writes eloquently about this suffering without minimizing in the least what the Germans had wrought during the war.