Jerry Bentley Prize
In 2014 the American Historical Association established the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History, which honors Jerry Bentley’s tireless efforts to promote the field of world history, and his signal contributions to it. A professor at the University of Hawaii, Bentley was one of the leading figures in the world history movement and the founding editor of the Journal of World History. The Bentley prize is awarded annually to the best book in each calendar year in the field of world history. The general rules for submission are:
- Any book published in English dealing with global or world-scale history, with connections or comparisons across continents, in any period will be eligible.
- Books bearing a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 prize.
- 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 “Bentley 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.
Photo of Jerry Bentley, courtesy of University of Hawai'i history department.
Review committee contact information and the prize submission form for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2015 Bentley Prize
Adam Clulow, Monash Univ.
The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia Univ. Press)
This remarkable study offers a stereoscopic view of the 17th-century encounter between the VOC and the Tokugawa Shogunate. Drawing on documents penned by both parties, the author illuminates the curious and counter-intuitive way in which the Dutch—whose attempts to use violence in Japanese waters were systematically blocked—ended up as formal subordinates of the Tokugawa. The result is a new picture of Asian-European relations and a valuable contribution to debates on early modern sovereignty, diplomacy, and empire.