Publication Date

October 1, 2007

Perspectives Section


Editor's Note: The purpose of this column, which is published in Perspectivesas space permits, is to recognize and honor the accomplishments of AHA members. Submissions are welcome; entries will be published in alphabetical order. To submit an entry, e-mail or write to David Darlington, Associate Editor, Perspectives, AHA, 400 A Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.

Larry Bland, editor of the papers of George C. Marshall and managing editor of The Journal of Military History, was awarded the Victor Gondos Memorial Service Award from the Society for Military History for his long, distinguished, and particularly outstanding service to the society.

John Grenier has won one of the Society for Military History’s Distinguished Book Awards, given to recognize the best book-length publications in English on military history, whether monograph, bibliography, guide, or other project copyrighted in the previous three calendar years. His entry, The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607–1814 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2005), won for United States history.

James McPherson (Princeton Univ.) was awarded the 2007 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History, which recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, extending over time and reflecting a spectrum of scholarly activity contributing significantly to the field.

Charles O'Brien (Western Illinois Univ., emeritus) published, in fall 2006, Fatal Carnival (Severn House), a historical mystery novel set in 1788 Nice and the fifth in a series that began with Mute Witness (2001). In May 2007, he published Cruel Choices (Severn House), a historical mystery novel set in various Parisian sites in 1788, the sixth in the series. Subtopics include the Enlightenment, prostitution, and mental health reforms.

Jason Scott Smith (Univ. of New Mexico) was honored with the American Public Works Association (APWA) Abel Wolman Award. Established in 1987, the Abel Wolman Award is presented annually to recognize the best new book published in the field of public works history. The award provides encouragement and recognition to historians whose research and publications contribute generously to the body of public works history. Smith was selected for the award by a committee of public works professionals and scholars. Smith’s award-winning book, Building New Deal Liberalism: The Political Economy of Public Works, 1933–56 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006), covers the rich history of New Deal public policy regarding construction of public works projects. According to Smith, the book deals with a side of the New Deal often neglected by historians. He hopes his publications will raise awareness about how the authority of the federal government can be used to transform the nation’s landscape, economy and politics. The APWA selection committee found Smith’s book notable both for its ambition and scope, and for the depth and quality of the historical research underlying its conclusions. According to the committee, Smith has made a major contribution not just to public works history but to the broader history of the United States during the 20th century.

Nadia Smith (Boston Coll.) has just published Dorothy Macardle: A Life (Woodfield Press, 2007), a biography of a significant 20th-century Irish historian and political activist.

Nancy Hathaway Steenburg (Univ. of Connecticut) won the Association for the Study of Connecticut History’s 2006 Homer D. Babbidge Award for her book, Children and the Criminal Law in Connecticut, 1635–1855. The award is given for the best work on a significant aspect of Connecticut’s history published in the previous calendar year.

Sandra G. Treadway was named Librarian of Virginia effective July 1, 2007. An expert in the field of women’s history, her teaching and research fields are United States history since 1865, 19th- and 20th-century Virginia history, American foreign relations (particularly late 19th-century colonial policy), and historical editing.

Keith Andrew Wailoo (Rutgers Univ.) has been named the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History by the Rutgers Board of Governors. Wailoo, director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity, professor of history, and also affiliated with the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, is internationally recognized for his work that examines the relationship between health, medical care, and race in 20th-century American culture. “His outstanding and innovative research which exposes the inequalities in contemporary health care exemplifies the ideals and philosophies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick.

Seventeen AHA members are among the 89 artists, scholars, and scientists selected this year (out of 2,800 candidates) to receive the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships. The AHA members honored this year are: Research Division Vice President Teofilo Ruiz (UCLA), for studying festivals, rituals, and power in late medieval and early modern Spain; Warwick Anderson (Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison), for exploring the science of race mixing in the 20th century; Thomas James Dandelet (Univ. of California at Berkeley), for studying the Colonna of Rome, 1500–1700; Mary L. Duziak* (Univ. of Southern California Law School) for book project on law and war in 20th century U.S. history; Heide Fehrenbach (Northern Illinois Univ.), who will be examining how World War II remade the family; Neil Foley (Univ. of Texas at Austin), for studying civil rights in Texas and the Southwest, 1940–65; Gail Hershatter (Univ. of California at Santa Cruz), who will be exploring the subject of rural women and China’s collective past; Dina Rizk Khoury (George Washington Univ.), who will be studying war and remembrance in Iraq; Philippa Levine (Univ. of Southern California), who proposes to study the evolution debates; Pamela O. Long (independent historian), for exploring engineering, power, and knowledge in Rome, 1560–90; Sara Tilghman Nalle (William Paterson Univ.), who will write a new history of the Spanish family, 1520–1720; Mary Louise Roberts (Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison), who will be studying the history of the American military presence in France, 1944–45; Daniel T. Roberts (Princeton Univ.), for studying the transformation in social thought in 1980s America; Robert O. Self (Brown Univ.), for exploring gender and sexuality in America from Watts to Reagan;Mark D. Steinberg (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), for examining landscapes of the modern in fin de siècle St. Petersburg; Cynthia Talbot (Univ. of Texas at Austin), who will study the medieval Indian past; and Bernard Wasserstein (Univ. of Chicago), who will study Jewish intellectuals in postwar Europe. The Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize both “distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.” Applications in 78 different fields are considered for the fellowships, from the natural sciences to the creative arts. The new fellows include writers, playwrights, painters, sculptors, photographers, film makers, choreographers, physical and biological scientists, social scientists, historians, and other scholars in the humanities. Many of the winners hold appointments in colleges and universities with 77 institutions being represented by one or more fellows while 51 of the fellows either have no affiliation with academic institutions or hold only adjunct positions in them.

*Mary L. Duziak was omitted from the print version of the October 2007 Perspectives; we regret this error.

The Moncado Prizes are awarded annually by the Society for Military History to the authors of the four best articles published in The Journal of Military History during the previous calendar year. The 2007 Moncado prizewinners are: Andrea Brady, “Dying with Honour: Literary Propaganda and the Second English Civil War,” The Journal of Military History 70 (January 2006): 9–30; Stephen R. Ortiz, “The ‘New Deal’ for Veterans: The Economy Act, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Origins of New Deal Dissent,” The Journal of Military History 70 (April 2006): 415–38; Tim Cook, “The Politics of Surrender: Canadian Soldiers and the Killing of Prisoners in the Great War,” The Journal of Military History 70 (July 2006): 637–66; and Ciro Paoletti, “Prince Eugene of Savoy, the Toulon Expedition of 1707, and the English Historians—A Dissenting View,” The Journal of Military History 70 (October 2006): 939–62.


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