Herbert Baxter Adams Prize Recipients
The Herbert Baxter Adams Prize is awarded annually for a distinguished first book published in English in the field of European history. The prize was established in 1905 in memory of the first secretary of the Association, Herbert Baxter Adams of Johns Hopkins University, who was also one of the founders of the Association.
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.