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 an imprint of 2014 will be eligible for the 2015 award.
- 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 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, 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 Gershoy Award
Daniela Bleichmar, Univ. of Southern California
Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Based on a store of beautiful botanic prints locked in a Madrid archive, Daniela Bleichmar’s Visible Empire recalls the achievements of Spanish scientific expeditions and imaginatively recreates the making, meaning, and import of these stunning prints for the empire in the era of Bourbon Reform. Written in arrestingly clear prose that mirrors the luminous quality of the book’s many botanical illustrations, Visible Empire sets new standards for the emerging field of visual history.