Friedrich Katz Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Friedrich Katz Prize in Latin American and Caribbean History, which honors Friedrich Katz, an Austrian-born specialist in Latin American history, whose nearly 50-year career inspired dozens of students and colleagues in the field. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize will be awarded annually to the best book published in English focusing on Latin America, including the Caribbean.
- Books bearing a copyright of 2016 are eligible for the 2017 prize.
- 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 “Katz Prize Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.
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.
Contact Information for Committee Members
Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).
2016 Katz Prize
Edward Beatty, Univ. of Notre Dame
Technology and the Search for Progress in Modern Mexico (Univ. of California Press)
This book is innovative and brings fresh, new understandings of the role of technology in social change and economic development. At the same time, it returns readers to classical themes of Latin American historiography, of global and national inequalities, frustration with modernization, and uneven progress. He demonstrates how industrial technology transfers to Mexico yielded basic changes in production without necessarily altering habits of innovation, learning, and adaptation. Along the way, Beatty provides us with a combination of rigorous analysis and narrative case studies, weaving micro and macro levels into one vitally important book.