Martin A. Klein Prize
The Martin A. Klein Prize in African History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on African history published in English during the previous calendar year. The books must focus primarily on continental Africa (including those islands usually treated as countries of Africa). Eligibility will otherwise be defined quite broadly, to include books on any period of African history and from any disciplinary field that incorporates an historical perspective. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome.
The prize is named for Martin A. Klein, who is currently professor of history at the University of Toronto. Funding for the prize was completed thanks to a substantial donation from the late Dr. Mougo Nyaggah of California State University at Fullerton and his wife Dr. Lynette Nyaggah. Mougo Nyaggah was Klein’s first graduate student at the University of California Berkeley. Nyaggah credited the completion of his doctorate to Klein’s mentoring, guidance, enthusiasm, and commitment to the research and teaching of African history. He observed that, “There are many Martins who have or will mentor and inspire many Africanist students in American universities. Those mentors will be honored by this prize for their human and scholarly contribution.” The general rules for submission are:
- Books may be submitted by authors or publishers, by sending one copy to each of the members of the committee. Anthologies, encyclopedias and other edited volumes will not be considered.
- Books with an imprint of 2013 are eligible for the 2014 award.
- 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. Late entries will not be considered.
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 “Klein Prize 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 Klein Prize
Derek R. Peterson, Univ. of Michigan
Ethnic Patriotism and the East African Revival: A History of Dissent, c.1935–1972 (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Peterson’s Ethnic Patriotism explores the cultural and intellectual worlds of East Africa from the mid-1930s through the first decade of independence, identifying the communities of belonging created both by ethnic patriots who valorized loyalty to chiefs and elders and by upstart, cosmopolitan networks of Christian revivalists. By analyzing these divergent communities in multiple settings, Peterson demonstrates the contested nature of identity and belonging, the prevalence of dissent, and the problematic nature of nationalism.