John F. Richards Prize
The John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History recognizes the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asian history published in English. South Asia is defined as the geographic area included in the modern states of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Eligibility will be defined quite broadly, including books on any period or field of South Asian historical studies and works which integrate South Asian history with broader global issues and movements. In making its selection, the prize committee will pay particular attention to depth of research, methodological innovation, conceptual originality and literary excellence. Works that reinterpret old themes or develop new theoretical perspectives are welcome. Anthologies, encyclopedias and other edited volumes will not be considered. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with a copyright of 2015 are eligible for the 2016 award.
- 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 “Richards 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 Richards Prize
Richard M. Eaton, Univ. of Arizona
Phillip B. Wagoner, Wesleyan Univ.
Power, Memory, Architecture: Contested Sites on India’s Deccan Plateau, 1300–1600 (Oxford Univ. Press)
Eaton and Wagoner analyze the built landscape of the Deccan plateau during a period of intense political conflict, showing how the meanings of that landscape were contested and mobilized by succeeding rulers, who drew on both Sanskrit and Persianate cosmologies. Deploying an innovative, multi-disciplinary methodology, shaped as much by on-the-ground analysis of historical remains as by the study of Sanskrit, Persian, and Telugu texts, their book provides critical new insights on the history of this era.