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.
2013 Mosse Prize
Miranda Frances Spieler, American Univ. of Paris
Empire and Underworld: Captivity in French Guiana (Harvard Univ. Press)
In her provocative and innovative book, Miranda Frances Spieler depicts the history of French Guiana as a site of extraordinary state sovereignty and violence. In the wake of the French Revolution and its new articulation of citizenship, French Guiana became not just a land of exile and slavery, but also a locus for the systematic stripping of rights and identities of marginalized groups and for the incarceration of non-citizens who bore no clearly defined legal status.