Dorothy Rosenberg Prize
The Dorothy Rosenberg Prize for the history of the Jewish diaspora recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on the history of the Jewish diaspora published in English during the previous calendar year. Eligibility will otherwise be defined quite broadly, to include books on any period and from any disciplinary field that incorporates a historical perspective. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to depth of research, methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome. Anthologies, encyclopedias and other edited volumes will not be considered. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with a copyright of 2016 are eligible for the 2017 award.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Rosenberg Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The review committee contact information and prize submission form will be posted by March 1 for submissions due May 15.
2016 Rosenberg Prize
Paul Lerner, Univ. of Southern California
The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880–1940 (Cornell Univ. Press)
Paul Lerner’s book is a model of interdisciplinary scholarship, combining literary and visual materials along with psychology and economic history to explore the role of Jewish-owned department stores in German culture. As his study reveals, these “temples” of consumption transformed consumerism in Germany while also becoming a focus for anxiety about the rising forces of modernization and urbanization. In telling this story, Lerner unpacks the department store experience to reveal how it both reflected and shaped aspects of German culture as diverse as gender relations, crime, and aesthetics. The committee was impressed with Lerner’s deep research, rich source base, and lucid prose. His book stands out as one that makes a significant contribution not only to Jewish diaspora history but also to German studies and the history of consumption.