James A. Rawley Prize Recipients
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 prize was established 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.
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.