Leo Gershoy Award
In 1975 Mrs. Ida Gershoy made a gift to the Association in order to establish a prize in memory of her husband, Leo Gershoy. Professor Gershoy was a specialist in European history associated with the faculty of New York University for more than 35 years. The prize named in his honor is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. The general rules for submission are:
- The prize is awarded annually to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of the fields of 17th- and 18th-century western European history. Only books of high scholarly and literary merit will be considered.
- Books with an imprint of 2014 will be 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 marked “Gershoy Award 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.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Gershoy Award
Andy Wood, Durham Univ.
The Memory of the People: Custom and Popular Senses of the Past in Early Modern England (Cambridge Univ. Press)
Andy Wood’s The Memory of the People presents a new interpretation of the interplay of memory, law, and custom in early modern England. This book’s innovative methodology deepens our understanding of social memory of the common folk, arguing that popular memory was local, pragmatic, and embodied in customary law, which gave it great staying power across the period. Wood’s extensive archival research and wide secondary reading illuminate new aspects of everyday life and together provide a model for future research.