Herbert Baxter Adams Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize annually for a distinguished book published in English in the field of European history. The Adams prize was established in 1905 in memory of the first secretary of the Association, Herbert Adams of Johns Hopkins University, who was also one of the Association’s founders. The Adams Prize and the Leo Gershoy Award (also bestowed by the AHA) are widely considered to be the most prestigious prizes in the field of European history.
The Adams Prize was initially offered on a biennial basis, but in 1930 it was discontinued due to the stock market crash. The AHA revived the prize in 1938, again as a biennial offering, and it became an annual award in 1971. The prize is offered on a rotating basis: in even years for books on European history from ancient times to 1815; in odd years for books on European history from 1815 through the 20th century.
In 2014, books on European history from ancient times through 1815 will be eligible for the competition. The general rules for submission are:
- Since the prize is designed especially to encourage scholars who have not yet obtained an established reputation, the entry must be the author's first substantial book. Textbooks in the strict sense of the word are not eligible, but a work of wide scope which interprets a major period or area would certainly qualify. Pamphlets, anthologies, edited works, and other small-scale efforts will not qualify.
- Books published in English bearing an imprint of 2012 or 2013 are eligible for the 2014 prize.
- The submission of an entry may be made by an author or by a third party as well as by a publisher. Publishers may submit as many entries as they wish.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Adams Prize Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Adams Prize
Steven A. Barnes, George Mason Univ.
Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society (Princeton Univ. Press)
Using an array of previously unstudied archival and published sources from central and regional collections, Steven Barnes offers a provocative reconceptualization of the Soviet Gulag, which demonstrates convincingly that it needs to be understood as a transformative space, where both individual and society were refashioned in the name of creating a socialist utopia. His thoughtful and thorough study deserves to become required reading for anyone concerned with the interrelationship between state ideology, violence, and everyday life in 20th-century Europe.