Albert J. Beveridge Award Recipients
The Albert J. Beveridge Award is given annually for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada from 1492 to the present. Books that employ new methodological or conceptual tools or that constitute a significant reinterpretation of an important historical problem are given preference in the awarding of this prize. The award was established on a biennial basis in 1939 and has been awarded annually since 1945.
2014 Beveridge Award
Kate Brown, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County
Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford Univ. Press)
This comparative history of Richland, Washington, and Ozersk, Russia, centers on a profound irony: divisions so deep that they threatened human existence fostered commonalities among these two plutonium-producing towns, well before activists from each place connected with each other. By alerting us to common histories, Plutopia counters dominant understandings of the Cold War couched in terms of divergent or separate paths. Deeply and multilingually researched in difficult conditions requiring perseverance in the face of official secrecy, courage in the face of personal exposure, and empathy in the presence of suffering, Plutopia adds to recent scholarship that emphasizes the costs of the Cold War in the places where it turned hot.