George Louis Beer Prize
The American Historical Association offers the George Louis Beer Prize in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895. This prize was established in accordance with the terms of a bequest by George Louis Beer (1872–1920), historian of the British colonial system before 1765, to be awarded annually for the best work on any phase of European international history since the year 1895 that is submitted by a scholar who is a United States citizen or permanent resident. The phrase “European international history since the year 1895” may be understood to mean any study of international history since the year 1895 with a significant European dimension. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly historical nature should be submitted. Research accuracy, originality, and literary merit are important factors.
- Only 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 “Beer 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 Beer Prize
Vanessa Ogle, Univ. of Pennsylvania
The Global Transformation of Time, 1870–1950 (Harvard Univ. Press)
Vanessa Ogle’s global history of time and time reform succeeds brilliantly in complicating a Eurocentric narrative of globalization. Moving effortlessly from Europe and the United States to British India and the Middle East, the book highlights the significance of local contexts for time standardization across the globe—a process that extended well into the 20th century. Written in a clear and engaging style, the book offers a model for a new international and global history.