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.
2015 Gershoy Award
John C. Rule, Ohio State Univ.
Ben S. Trotter, Columbus State Community Coll.
A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information State (McGill-Queens Univ. Press)
The result of a massive amount of research in the French archives, this work traces the rise of Colbert de Torcy and his creation of a foreign office for Louis XIV. Torcy recognized that control over information flowing into Paris from Louis’s extensive diplomatic affairs was required if French policy was to remain coherent. Reorganizing the foreign office and creating an archive to control the flow of information was crucial to his enterprise. The authors also pay close attention to the personnel in the ministry and way in which the office worked on a daily basis and made policy. Thus this is an important study of the creation of bureaucracy and information in the early modern era.