J. Russell Major Prize Recipients
The J. Russell Major Prize was established in 2000 by Mrs. Blair Major, in memory of her husband, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990. The prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history.
2014 Major Prize
Arlette Jouanna, l’Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier III), and Joseph Bergin, Univ. of Manchester, translator
The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre: The Mysteries of a Crime of State (Manchester Univ. Press)
This is a career-capping tour de force. Jouanna’s mastery of primary and secondary sources in many languages allows her to weave together, on the one hand, a compelling narrative of the political and diplomatic history of Saint-Barthélemy as event with, on the other, insights from recent scholarship about religious violence and the cultural history of the period. This timely and important book sets a very high bar. It is sure to be the standard account of this still-controversial subject for a long time.