Raymond J. Cunningham Prize Recipients
The American Historical Association offers the Raymond J. Cunningham Prize for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history department journal. This prize, awarded annually, was established in memory of Raymond J. Cunningham, who was an associate professor of history at Fordham University. He was an authority on American historian Herbert Baxter Adams.
2013 Cunningham Prize
David A. Wemer, Gettysburg Coll. (BA, 2014)
“Europe’s Little Tiger? Reassessing Economic Transitions in Slovakia under the Mečiar Government, 1993–98,” Gettysburg College Historical Journal 12, no. 1 (2013): 97–112
Faculty Advisor: William Bowman
When the Iron Curtain fell in the early 1990s, Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Mečiar resisted Western economists’ advice to switch rapidly to a capitalist economy. Instead of collapsing under the weight of market forces as Western economists predicted, however, Slovakia “registered one of the best macroeconomic performances in Central Europe.” Without apologizing for Mečiar’s strongman tactics, David Wemer’s eye-opening and provocative paper takes on the economic literature about Slovakia’s post-communist economy.