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.
2014 Adams Prize
Daniela Bleichmar, Univ. of Southern California
Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Daniela Bleichmar has produced a compellingly original and methodologically sophisticated study of how the European Enlightenment sought to describe, represent, and comprehend the natural world. Imaginative, lucid, and intellectually engaging, it is an example of interdisciplinary history at its very best. Its particular success lies in its skillful embrace of both the visual and imperial turns in the writing of European history, and its undeniable achievement in shedding new light on both.