Leo Gershoy Award
In 1975 Mrs. Ida Gershoy made a gift to the Association in order to establish a prize in memory of her husband, Leo Gershoy. Professor Gershoy was a specialist in European history associated with the faculty of New York University for more than 35 years. The prize named in his honor is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize is awarded annually to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
- Books with a copyright of 2016 will be 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 marked “Gershoy Award 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 Gershoy Award
Alexandra Shepard, Univ. of Glasgow
Accounting for Oneself: Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England (Oxford Univ. Press)
Based on vast evidence—nearly 14,000 witness depositions—Alexandra Shepard’s Accounting for Oneself unpacks how ordinary people valued themselves and defined self-esteem. By attending to the language and the circumstances of these witnesses, among them the poor and women who left little official record, Shepard reveals how, in contrast to middling classes, social order was understood from below. This methodologically innovative book is poised to have a broader impact on early modern European historiography.