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 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 2016, books on European history from ancient times to 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 a copyright of 2014 or 2015 are eligible for the 2016 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.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly labeled “Adams Prize Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2016, to be eligible for the 2016 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2016 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2017 AHA annual meeting in Denver.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Adams Prize
Emily J. Levine, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Dreamland of Humanists is a joy to read. This intellectual and cultural history, deeply considered and researched, sensitively explores both ideas and their wider impact. It skillfully interweaves intellectual biography with an analysis of place and epoch, offering new and insightful perspectives on academic life in the Weimar Republic, the German Jewish experience, exile, and the development of art history and philosophy in the first half of the 20th century. Levine’s multidimensional treatment of these Hamburg figures enriches our understanding of the urban intellectual geography of Weimar Germany and places Hamburg alongside Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Dessau as centers of innovation and turmoil.