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.
2015 Beer Prize
Frederick Cooper, New York Univ.
Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960 (Princeton Univ. Press)
With magisterial command of postwar French and African history and prodigious research, Cooper overturns the familiar narrative of decolonization, persuasively undermining the teleology of anti-colonial nationalism. French and West African intellectuals and politicians, he shows, attempted to reimagine the empire through novel forms of geopolitical and social integration. National states emerged only after the failure to establish common ideas of citizenship. This revolutionary study is essential to understanding both European and African history since 1945.