Herbert Baxter Adams Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize annually for a distinguished book published in English in the field of European history. The Adams prize was established in 1905 in memory of the first secretary of the Association, Herbert Adams of Johns Hopkins University, who was also one of the Association’s founders. The Adams Prize and the Leo Gershoy Award (also bestowed by the AHA) are widely considered to be the most prestigious prizes in the field of European history. The prize is offered on a rotating basis: in even years for books on European history from ancient times to 1815; in odd years for books on European history from 1815 through the 20th century.
In 2015, books on European history from 1815 through the 20th century will be eligible for the competition. The general rules for submission are:
- Since the prize is designed especially to encourage scholars who have not yet obtained an established reputation, the entry must be the author's first substantial book. Textbooks in the strict sense of the word are not eligible, but a work of wide scope which interprets a major period or area would certainly qualify. Pamphlets, anthologies, edited works, and other small-scale efforts will not qualify.
- Books published in English bearing an imprint of 2013 or 2014 are eligible for the 2015 prize.
- The submission of an entry may be made by an author or by a third party as well as by a publisher. Publishers may submit as many entries as they wish.
- 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 “Adams 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.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed.
Contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2013 Adams Prize
Steven A. Barnes, George Mason Univ.
Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society (Princeton Univ. Press)
Using an array of previously unstudied archival and published sources from central and regional collections, Steven Barnes offers a provocative reconceptualization of the Soviet Gulag, which demonstrates convincingly that it needs to be understood as a transformative space, where both individual and society were refashioned in the name of creating a socialist utopia. His thoughtful and thorough study deserves to become required reading for anyone concerned with the interrelationship between state ideology, violence, and everyday life in 20th-century Europe.