George L. Mosse Prize Recipients
The George L. Mosse Prize was established in 2000 with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Mosse, eminent scholar of European history. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance.
2015 Mosse Prize
Ekaterina Pravilova, Princeton Univ.
A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia (Princeton Univ. Press)
This extraordinary, deeply researched study discovers the “public things” of Imperial Russia through its 19th-century debates over property rights. Liberal politicians and professional experts sought to secure a “public empire” between private property and the state via rivers and forests, minerals and icons, literary manuscripts and historical monuments. A compelling, profoundly original work of scholarship, this book deepens and complicates our understanding of how a public domain developed in modern Europe.