Herbert Baxter Adams Prize Recipients
The Herbert Baxter Adams Prize is awarded annually for a distinguished first book published in English in the field of European history. The prize was established in 1905 in memory of the first secretary of the Association, Herbert Baxter Adams of Johns Hopkins University, who was also one of the founders of the Association.
2015 Adams Prize
Emily J. Levine, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Dreamland of Humanists is a joy to read. This intellectual and cultural history, deeply considered and researched, sensitively explores both ideas and their wider impact. It skillfully interweaves intellectual biography with an analysis of place and epoch, offering new and insightful perspectives on academic life in the Weimar Republic, the German Jewish experience, exile, and the development of art history and philosophy in the first half of the 20th century. Levine’s multidimensional treatment of these Hamburg figures enriches our understanding of the urban intellectual geography of Weimar Germany and places Hamburg alongside Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Dessau as centers of innovation and turmoil.