George Louis Beer Prize Recipients
The George Louis Beer Prize is offered in recognition of outstanding historical writing on any phase of European international history since 1895. Awarded annually since its inception in 1923, this prize was established in accordance with the terms of a bequest by George Louis Beer (1872–1920), a historian of the British colonial system before 1765.
The award is open to any scholar who is a United States citizen or permanent resident of the United States; books published during the year preceeding the year of award are eligible. The phrase "European international history since 1895" refers to any study of international history since the year 1895 with a significant European dimension.
2013 Beer Prize
R. M. Douglas, Colgate Univ.
Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (Yale Univ. Press)
Using archives from seven countries, Douglas offers a compelling account of the expulsion from eastern Europe of 12 to 14 million Germans, mostly women and children, after World War II. With remarkable precision and deft national comparisons, he analyzes how a resettlement policy the Allies intended to be “orderly and humane” descended into chaotic ethnic cleansing. Douglas writes eloquently about this suffering without minimizing in the least what the Germans had wrought during the war.