The 2006 General Meeting

AHA Staff, December 2005

The AHA General Meeting will take place Friday, January 6, 2006, at 8:30 p.m. in the Millennium Hall of Loews Philadelphia. President-elect Linda Kerber (Univ. of Iowa) will announce the following prize and award recipients (names of the winners follow a brief description of the award):

  • 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. Lawrence W. Levine (Univ. of California at Berkeley); Nancy G. Siraisi (Hunter Coll., CUNY); and David Underdown (Yale Univ.).

  • Troyer Steele Anderson Prize: Awarded for distinguished service to the American Historical Association by a person whom the Council of the Association considers to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the purposes of the Association. Stanley N. Katz (Princeton Univ.).

  • Honorary Foreign Member: By this honor, conferred since 1885 upon 89 historians, the AHA recognizes distinguished foreign historians who have markedly assisted the work of American historians in the scholar’s country. Nikolai Nikolaevich Bolkhovitinov (Institute of World History, Russian Academy of Sciences).

  • Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award for Postsecondary Teaching: This prize is awarded annually for excellence in teaching techniques and knowledge of the subject of history at the post-secondary level. Eileen Scully (Bennington Coll.).

  • 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 rotation: individual and group. The 2005 prize will be awarded to a group. The American History Team (Laurie Fischer, Ronald C. Maggiano, Margaret Mey, Tamara Ogden, and James Percoco) of West Springfield High School (Springfield, Virginia).

  • William Gilbert Award: This biennial award recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal or serial articles. Mark C. Carnes (Barnard Coll.), for “Inciting Speech,” Change Magazine, a publication of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

  • 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 Univ. at Newark). The award recognizes outstanding interpretations of history through the medium of film or video. Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision (Night Fire Films, Inc., 2005) producer/writer/director/editor: David Lebrun.

  • 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 2005 award is for undergraduate mentors at two- or four-year colleges. John F. Howes (Univ. of British Columbia, emeritus) and Mary Logan Rothschild (Arizona State Univ.).

  • 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. The 2005 prize is for the modern European period, 1815 to present day. Maureen Healy, for Vienna and the Fall of the Habsburg Empire: Total War and Everyday Life in World War I (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).

  • 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 the integration of Atlantic worlds before the 20th century. Londa Schiebinger, for Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (Harvard Univ. Press, 2004).

  • George Louis Beer Prize: Estab-lished 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. Carole Fink, for Defending the Rights of Others: The Great Powers, the Jews, and International Minority Protection, 1878–1938 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004).

  • 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. Melvin Patrick Ely, for Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War (Knopf, 2004).

  • 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. Callie Williamson, for The Laws of the Roman People: Public Law in the Expansion and Decline of the Roman Republic (Univ. of Michigan Press, 2005).

  • 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. Jon T. Coleman, for Vicious: Wolves and Men in America (Yale Univ. Press, 2004).

  • John Edwin Fagg Prize: The American Historical Association confers the John Edwin Fagg Prize for the best publication in the history of Spain, Portugal, or Latin America, in honor of Professor Fagg, who taught Latin American history at New York University from 1945 to 1981. Brian A. Catlos, for The Victors and the Vanquished: Christians and Muslims of Catalonia and Aragon, 1050–1300 (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004) and Aline Helg, for Liberty and Equality in Caribbean Colombia, 1770–1835 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2004).

  • John K. Fairbank Prize: Established in 1968 by friends of John K. Fairbank, an eminent historian of China and 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, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan substantially after 1800. Ruth Rogaski, for Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-Port China (Univ. of California Press, 2004).

  • 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. Mark Landsman, for Dictatorship and Demand: The Politics of Consumerism in East Germany (Harvard Univ. Press, 2005).

  • Morris D. Forkosch Prize: The annual book prize recognizes the best book in English in the fields of British, British Imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485. Bernard Porter, for The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Empire, Society, and Culture in Britain (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004).

  • Leo Gershoy Award: Established in 1975 by a gift from 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 18th-century western European history. Pamela H. Smith, for The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004).

  • J. Franklin Jameson Award: This prize is awarded every five years for outstanding achievement in the editing of historical sources. Ronald Hoffman, Sally D. Mason, and Eleanor S. Darcy, for Dear Papa, Dear Charley: The Peregrinations of a Revolutionary Aristocrat (published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Maryland State Archives by Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2001).

  • Joan Kelly Memorial Prize: 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. Afsaneh Najmabadi, for Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity (Univ. of California Press, 2005).

  • Littleton-Griswold Prize: This annual prize is awarded for the best book in any subject on the history of American law and society. Mary Sarah Bilder, for The Transatlantic Constitution: Colonial Legal Culture and the Empire (Harvard Univ. Press, 2004).

  • 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. Barbara B. Diefendorf, for From Penitence to Charity: Pious Women and the Catholic Reformation in Paris (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004).

  • 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. Thomas V. Cohen, for Love and Death in Renaissance Italy (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004).

  • 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. Jonathan Sheehan, for The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture (Princeton Univ. Press, 2005).

  • 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. Melvin Patrick Ely, for Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s through the Civil War (Knopf, 2004).

President’s Address: After the presentation of awards and honors, AHA President James Sheehan (Stanford Univ.) will deliver his presidential address, The Problem of Sovereignty in European History. As a way of thinking about power, sovereignty asserts the primacy of political authority within the state and the state’s autonomy in international society. The problem of sovereignty is the unresolved tension between this way of thinking and the messy world of political action, that is, between sovereignty as theory and as practice. The best way to understand this problem, Sheehan will argue, is by viewing sovereignty as a collection of claims and counterclaims. He will suggest how the history of European politics can be seen as the history of these claims, of the shifting boundaries along which they are made, and of the unstable blend of law and violence with which they are settled.

Following the meeting, members are invited to adjourn to the Grand Ballroom D of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown to attend the presidential reception.