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.
2014 Beer Prize
Mary Louise Roberts, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
What Soldiers Do: Sex and the American GI in World War II France (Univ. of Chicago Press)
This beautifully written book revises our understanding of the American invasion and liberation of France. Gender and sexuality are the windows onto this international history: Americans’ attitudes about their role in a postwar world were forged not only at Yalta and Tehran, Roberts argues, but also on the ground in relationships between soldiers and European women. Roberts writes with courage and nuance about an ambivalent and sometimes violent relationship long hidden by celebratory historiographies.