Publication Date

December 1, 2001

The AHA General Meeting will take place Friday, January 4, 2002, at 8:30 p.m. in the Hilton's Grand Ballroom Salon B. President-elect Lynn Hunt (U.C.L.A.) will announce the following prize and award recipients:

Herbert Baxter Adams Prize: Named for one of the Association’s founding members and its first secretary, this prize was established in 1903 for works in the field of European history. It is offered annually for an author’s first substantial book, and the chronological coverage alternates between the early European period one-year and the modern period the next, and the 2001 prize is being awarded for the modern European period, 1815 to present day.

AHA Prize in Atlantic History: The 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 twentieth century.

George Louis Beer Prize: Established by a bequest from Professor Beer, a historian of the British colonial system before 1765, this prize is offered annually in recognition of outstanding historical writing in European international history since 1895.

Albert J. Beveridge Award: This award was established in memory of Senator Beveridge of Indiana through a gift from his wife and donations from AHA members from his home state. It is awarded annually for the best English-language book on American history (United States, Canada, or Latin America) from 1492 to the present.

James Henry Breasted Prize: Established in 1985, this prize, named in honor of James Henry Breasted, a pioneer in ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern history and president of the Association in 1928, is offered for the best book in English in any field of history prior to 1000 AD. The prize has been endowed by Joseph O. Losos, a longtime member of the Association..

John H. Dunning Prize: Established by a bequest from Mathilde Dunning in 1927 to honor John Dunning, this prize is awarded (biennially in odd-numbered years) to a young scholar for an outstanding monograph in manuscript or in print on any subject relating to United States history.

John E. Fagg Prize: The American Historical Association confers the first John E. Fagg Prize for the best publication in the history of Spanish and Latin America, in honor of Professor Fagg, who taught Latin American history at New York University from 1945 to 1981.

John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History: Established in 1968 by friends of John K. Fairbank, an eminent historian of China and a president of the AHA in 1967, the prize is an annual award offered for an outstanding book in the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Korea, or Japan since the year 1800.

Herbert Feis Award: Established in 1982, this annual prize, named after Herbert Feis (1893-1972), public servant and historian of recent American foreign policy, recognizes the outstanding work of public historians or independent scholars.

Morris D. Forkosch Prize: This biennial book prize alternates between the fields of British imperial or Commonwealth history and British history since 1485. The 2001 prize is for a book on British imperial or Commonwealth history.

Leo Gershoy Award: Established in 1975 by a gift from Mrs. Ida Gershoy in memory of her late husband, this annual prize is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work in English on any aspect of the field of 17th- and 18thcentury western European history.

Clarence H. Haring Prize: This prize is awarded every five years to that Latin American who, in the opinion of the committee, has published the most outstanding book in Latin American history during the preceding five years.

Joan Kelly Memorial Prize in Women's History: This annual prize was established in 1983 by the Coordinating Council for Women in History and is administered by the AHA. It is offered for the best work in women’s history and/ or feminist theory.

Waldo G. Leland Prize: This prize, established by the AHA Council in 1981, is offered every five years for the most outstanding reference tool in the field of history. It is named after Waldo G. Leland, a distinguished contributor to bibliographical guides, who served as secretary to the Association from 1909 to 1920. “Reference tool” encompasses bibliographies, indexes, encyclopedias, and other scholarly apparatus.

Littleton-Griswold Prize: This annual prize is awarded for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society.

J. Russell Major Prize: The Major Prize is awarded annually for the best work in English on any aspect of French history. It was established in memory of J.Russell Major, a distinguished scholar of French history who served on the history faculty at Emory University from 1949 until his retirement in 1990.

Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize: Established in 1973, the Marraro Prize is offered annually for the best work in any epoch of Italian history, Italian cultural history, or Italian-American relations.

George L. Mosse Prize: The Mosse 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. It was established in 2000 with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Mosse, eminent scholar of European history.

Wesley-Logan Prize: The Wesley-Logan Prize in African Diaspora History is sponsored jointly by the AHA and the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. It is awarded annually for an outstanding book on some aspect of the history of the dispersion, settlement, and adjustment and/ or return of peoples originally from Africa.

Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Secondary Teaching: This prize is awarded annually for excellence in teaching techniques and knowledge of the subject of history at the post-secondary level.

Beveridge Family Teaching Prize for K-12 Teaching: Established in 1994 to recognize excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school, and secondary history teaching. Awarded on a two-year cycle rotation: individual and group. The 2001 prize will be awarded to a group.

William Gilbert Award: This biennial award recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal or serial articles.

Gutenberg-e Electronic Book Prizes: Established in 1999 to support the development of exceptional dissertations into distinguished electronic monographs. The third set of recipients of the award for dissertations in the fields of history of foreign relations and military history- will be announced at the meeting.

John E. O'Connor Film Award: In recognition of his exceptional role as a pioneer in both teaching and research regarding film and history, the AHA established this award in honor of John E. O’Connor, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark. The award recognizes outstanding interpretations of history through the medium of film or video.

Nancy Lyman Roelker Mentorship Award: Established in 1992 by friends of Nancy Lyman Roelker to honor mentors in history, the award is offered on a three-cycle rotation. The 2001 award is for K-12 mentors.

Awards for Scholarly Distinction: Established in 1984, this annual award recognizes senior historians of the highest distinction who have spent the bulk of their professional careers in the United States.

Honorary Foreign Member: This honor is conferred upon foreign scholars who are distinguished for their work in the field of history and who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar’s country.

President's Address: After the presentation of awards and honors, AHA President Wm. Roger Louis will deliver his presidential address, “The Dissolution of the British Empire in the Era of Vietnam.” In his address, Roger Louis will discuss how the British Empire came to an end in the 1960s, especially in Southeast Asia, comparing the continuities as well as the different shapes of British imperialism in Africa and the Middle East. One of the themes of the address will be a reexamination of the connection between events in Malaya and those in Vietnam. With the advantage of distance in time and full access to archival material, it is useful, Roger Louis suggests, to ask the following question: Why were the British able to fight a successful campaign against communist guerrillas while similar techniques of counterinsurgency and reconstruction of rural villages failed in Vietnam?

Following the meeting, members are invited to attend the presidential reception in the Hilton's Grand Ballroom Salon A.

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