John K. Fairbank Prize
The John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History is offered annually for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan, substantially after 1800. It honors the late John K. Fairbank, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and director of the East Asian Research Center at Harvard University, and president of the Association in 1968. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered. Anthologies, edited works, and pamphlets are ineligible for the competition. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with an imprint of 2013 will be 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. Entries to Canadian addresses must be sent Delivery Duty Paid.
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 “Fairbank 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 Fairbank Prize
Barbara Mittler, Heidelberg Univ.
A Continuous Revolution: Making Sense of Cultural Revolution Culture (Harvard Univ. Asia Center of Harvard Univ. Press)
Barbara Mittler systematically explores in A Continuous Revolution how and why various art forms of the Cultural Revolution in China, often dismissed as mere propaganda, were popular during the time and remain so to this day. In mobilizing an eclectic range of ideas to analyze a dazzling array of sources, the book provides a systematic yet nuanced analysis of the continuities and the contradictions infusing art, politics, society, and memory in contemporary Chinese history.