Jerry Bentley Prize
In 2014 the American Historical Association established the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History, which honors Jerry Bentley’s tireless efforts to promote the field of world history, and his signal contributions to it. A professor at the University of Hawaii, Bentley was one of the leading figures in the world history movement and the founding editor of the Journal of World History. The Bentley prize is awarded annually to the best book in each calendar year in the field of world history. The general rules for submission are:
- Any book published in English dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents, in any period will be eligible.
- 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 “Bentley 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.
Photo of Jerry Bentley, courtesy of University of Hawai'i history department.
Contact Information for Committee Members
Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).
2016 Bentley Prize
Michael Goebel, Freie Univ. Berlin
Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (Cambridge Univ. Press)
In this remarkable study, interwar Paris serves as the proving ground for emergent anti-imperial nationalisms, as actors from all over the world converged and shared their experiences. Through multi-national archival research, Michael Goebel analyzes the global movement of peoples, texts, and ideas, and offers a powerful explanation for the near-simultaneity of the emergence of postwar anti-imperial nationalisms. Anti-Imperial Metropolis provides a stunning example of how a world history can be written from a single locale.