James A. Rawley Prize
The James A. Rawley Prize in Atlantic History was created in 1998 in accordance with the terms of a gift from James A. Rawley, Carl Adolph Happold Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. It is offered annually to recognize outstanding historical writing that explores aspects of integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly and literary merit will be considered. Research accuracy and originality are also important factors in the evaluation of the books.
- 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 “Rawley 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 Rawley Prize
Tamar Herzog, Harvard Univ.
Frontiers of Possession: Spain and Portugal in Europe and the Americas (Harvard Univ. Press)
Frontiers of Possession is a book of great ambition, originality, erudition, and archival labor. Herzog shows that the lines separating Portugal from Spain in the Americas and in the Iberian peninsula resulted from local agents and motives and followed strikingly different logics. In so doing, she brings the historiographies of the early modern Portuguese and Spanish composite monarchies together and shows in new ways how law and jurisprudence were central to everyday culture on both sides of the early modern Atlantic basin.