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.
2013 Beveridge Award
W. Jeffrey Bolster, Univ. of New Hampshire
The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail (Belknap Press of Harvard Univ. Press)
This riveting narrative of 500 years of North American exploitation of the North Atlantic presents overwhelming evidence that humans have repeatedly abused the ocean’s abundance. Influenced by environmental and transnational approaches, as well as Bolster’s own deep understanding of maritime history and the business of fishing, this is a sweeping and original history that connects the consumption of North Atlantic fish during Lent in early modern Europe, to industrialization’s demand for Menhaden fish oil in the 1870s, to lobster consumption today.