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 2014 are eligible for the 2015 prize.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members 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, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Beer Prize
Mary Louise Roberts, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France (Univ. of Chicago Press)
This beautifully written book revises our understanding of the American invasion and liberation of France. Gender and sexuality are the windows onto this international history: Americans’ attitudes about their role in a postwar world were forged not only at Yalta and Tehran, Roberts argues, but also on the ground in relationships between soldiers and European women. Roberts writes with courage and nuance about an ambivalent and sometimes violent relationship long hidden by celebratory historiographies.