George L. Mosse Prize Recipients
The George L. Mosse Prize was established in 2000 with funds donated by former students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Mosse, eminent scholar of European history. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity, and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance.
2014 Mosse Prize
Derek Sayer, Lancaster Univ.
Prague, Capital of the Twentieth Century: A Surrealist History (Princeton Univ. Press)
In a scintillating challenge to more conventional narratives of twentieth-century Europe and indeed to ways of writing history, this book positions Prague’s distinctive artistic and intellectual achievements as a “prehistory of postmodernity.” Set against the city’s recurrent and often brutal political dislocations, with vast erudition that incorporates the literature, music, arts, and architecture of Prague’s cultural avant-garde from before World War I through the Velvet Revolution, this study is as conceptually bold as it is impressively learned.