Leo Gershoy Award
In 1975 Mrs. Ida Gershoy made a gift to the Association in order to establish a prize in memory of her husband, Leo Gershoy. Professor Gershoy was a specialist in European history associated with the faculty of New York University for more than 35 years. The prize named in his honor is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize is awarded annually to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
- Books with a copyright of 2015 will be eligible for the 2016 award.
- 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 marked “Gershoy Award 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 Gershoy Award
John C. Rule, Ohio State Univ.
Ben S. Trotter, Columbus State Community Coll.
A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State (McGill-Queens Univ. Press)
The result of a massive amount of research in the French archives, this work traces the rise of Colbert de Torcy and his creation of a foreign office for Louis XIV. Torcy recognized that control over information flowing into Paris from Louis’s extensive diplomatic affairs was required if French policy was to remain coherent. Reorganizing the foreign office and creating an archive to control the flow of information was crucial to his enterprise. The authors also pay close attention to the personnel in the ministry and way in which the office worked on a daily basis and made policy. Thus this is an important study of the creation of bureaucracy and information in the early modern era.