Jerry Bentley Prize Recipients
The Jerry Bentley Prize is awarded annually to the best book dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents. Awarded for the first time in 2014, the prize 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.
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.