James A. Rawley Prize
The James A. Rawley 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 20th century. The general rules for submission are:
- Only books of a high scholarly and literary merit will be considered. Research accuracy and originality are also important factors in the evaluation of the books.
- Books with an imprint of 2014 are eligible for the 2015 award.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly labeled “Rawley 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, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed.
Contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2013 Rawley Prize
W. Jeffrey Bolster, Univ. of New Hampshire
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)
The Mortal Sea hits readers with the saline smack of the ocean, providing the most Atlantic of Atlantic histories, at once fascinating and deeply troubling. Lucid, penetrating, relentless, this book trawls deep historical research to expose the history of Atlantic fishing and its consequences. Demonstrating powerfully the costs of oceanic exploitation, it is a work of surpassing historical and contemporary importance, making us all mindful of the price paid for “changes in the sea.”