Raymond J. Cunningham Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize annually for the best article published in a history department journal written by an undergraduate student. The prize was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams. The prize selection committee has typically given preference to articles that incorporate primary sources. The rules for submission are:
- The article must be published in a history department student journal between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015.
- Each nominator is required to provide a brief letter of support (no more than two pages) with the article. Be sure to include the name of the undergraduate author of the article, the publishing journal, and the faculty advisor.
- Only ONE article from each history department student journal may be nominated.
- Email one electronic copy of the article and accompanying letter of support to email@example.com with the subject line “Cunningham Award Entry.”
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.
2013 Cunningham Prize
David A. Wemer, Gettysburg Coll. (BA, 2014)
“Europe’s Little Tiger? Reassessing Economic Transitions in Slovakia under the Mečiar Government, 1993–98,” Gettysburg College Historical Journal 12, no. 1 (2013): 97–112
Faculty Advisor: William Bowman
When the Iron Curtain fell in the early 1990s, Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Mečiar resisted Western economists’ advice to switch rapidly to a capitalist economy. Instead of collapsing under the weight of market forces as Western economists predicted, however, Slovakia “registered one of the best macroeconomic performances in Central Europe.” Without apologizing for Mečiar’s strongman tactics, David Wemer’s eye-opening and provocative paper takes on the economic literature about Slovakia’s post-communist economy.