Leo Gershoy Award Recipients
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 award 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. From its inception in 1977 until 1985 the Leo Gershoy Award was a biennial award worth $1,000; since 1985 it has been an annual award.
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.