The Baker-Burton Award of the European History Section - Prize for First Book
The European History Section of the Southern Historical Association invites submissions for the Baker-Burton Award. The award was created in 2005 and is named for two distinguished scholars, Professor Vaughan Baker Simpson of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and University of Akron Professor Emerita June K. Burton.
The Award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best first book in European history by a member of the Section or a graduate student or a faculty member of a Southern college or university. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present. “Southern” is defined as including the states of the Confederacy plus Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The Award is given in odd years and carries a cash value of $150. The first award was given in 2007.
Books published between August 1 of the year the award was previously given and July 31 of the year the award is to be given are eligible for consideration. For this year's competition, the inclusive dates are August 1, 2011, to July 31, 2013. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality.
Eligible books may be recommended to the chair of the Baker-Burton-Smith Committee by their authors or by any member of the Section. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy no later than August 1 of the year the award is given.
The committee members for 2013 are:
Wayne Bowen, Southeast Missouri State Univ., Department of History, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Kristin Collins, Department of History 501 East 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546
Joe Patrouch, Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies University of Alberta, Suite 300 B Arts & Convocation Hall, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E6
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