THE EUROPEAN HISTORY SECTION

                 Of the Southern Historical Association

 

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Awards

Note: For a complete history of the prizes awards and a listing of past recipients, please consult June K. Burton’s Section History. To submit a nomination for one of the prizes, please consult the current list of award and prize committee members listed in Officers.

The Max Kele Award

            The award is named for Professor Max Kele (1936-1996) of Bradley University, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South. Professor Kele earned the Ph.D. from Tulane University and taught at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Bradley University. The award offers a one-year Section and affiliate membership to superior graduate students.

            Eligible students include M.A. students, Ph.D. candidates, new Ph.Ds, and post-doctoral fellows from Southern colleges and universities. Each university may nominate up to three candidates. The Secretary-Treasurer approves the nominations in the limits of available monies.

            Nominations are sought from graduate studies directors through the European History Section Newsletter and by the Membership Committee. Graduate directors may contact the chair of the Membership Committee to recommend eligible students no later than April 30 or submit the Kele Award Submission Form.

The John L. Snell Memorial Prize

            The John L. Snell memorial Prize is named for Professor John L. Snell (1923-1972) who was a distinguished scholar and diplomatic historian and the founder of the European History Section. A bomber pilot during World War II, he taught at Tulane University, University of Pennsylvania, and UNC Chapel Hill, where he received the Ph.D. in 1950. It is given annually to the graduate student with the best seminar paper in European history. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present. The Prize carries a certificate, a cash value of $ 150, and a one-year complimentary membership in the Section.

            The competition is open to graduate students of any member of the European Section.

            Eligible individuals and/or their advisers may contact the chair of the Snell Prize Committee no later than August 1.

The Parker-Schmitt Award

            The Parker Schmitt Award is named for two outstanding scholars in European History, Professor Harold Parker and Professor Hans Schmitt. It is given in even years for the best Ph.D. Dissertation in European history “Southern” is defined as including the states of the Confederacy plus Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma.“Southern” is defined as including the states of the Confederacy plus Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The award is given in even years and carries a cash value of $ 150.

            Doctoral theses defended 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. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality.         

            Eligible theses may be recommended to the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson 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 Simpson Award

            The Simpson Award is named for Professor Amos E. Simpson who was the Frank A. Godchaux Professor of History at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, which is now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he taught and was an administrator from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. The Award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best paper read at the European sessions of the annual SHA meeting. “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.

            Papers read at the two annual meetings preceding the year the award is given are eligible for consideration. The papers are gathered by the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Committee from past EHS panel chairs and sent to members of the Award Committee who read all submissions and choose the winning paper. Criteria for selection include quality and originality of research, new and stimulating interpretations and insights, and literary quality. 

            Eligible panelists may contact the chair of the Parker-Schmitt-Simpson Committee. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy by August 1 of the year the award is given.

The Baker-Burton Award

            The Baker-Burton Award is named for two distinguished scholars, Professor Vaughan Baker Simpson of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, and Ohio University 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.

            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. 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 Smith Award

            The Smith Award, named for Professor Charles E. Smith (1906-1959), who taught ancient, medieval, English History, and Renaissance and Reformation at Louisiana State University and served as Dean from 1934 until his untimely death in 1959. The Award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book published in European history by a member of the Section or a faculty member of a Southern college or university, or by a Southern press. “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 even years. The award includes the sum of $ 150.

            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. 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 publishers or by any member of the Section. The person making the recommendation is responsible for ensuring that each committee member receives a copy by August 1 of the year the award is given.

The Enno E. Kraehe Distinguished Service Award

            This special service award was created in 1985 and carries a handsome wall plaque presented at the annual European History Section luncheon. The award may not be given in some years because it recognizes a lifetime of service to the organization. The Executive Committee of the Section places names in nomination where they remain for at least one year, and perhaps for several years, until the year a subsequent committee votes to make the timely award.

            The first recipient was Professor Enno E. Kraehe (1921 -    ). Professor Kraehe held the Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Kentucky (1946-1964), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1964-1968), and the University of Virginia (1968-1991), here he was Commonwealth Professor and William W. Corcoran Professor and Professor Emeritus. A diplomatic historian and a specialist of Metternich, Professor Kraehe was a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South.

            European History Section members may submit nominations to the Executive Committee prior to the annual meeting.

The Mathews-Weinberg Luncheon Address

            The Mathews-Weinberg Luncheon Address is held annually at the conclusion of the Business Luncheon meeting. Initially, the Joseph J. Mathews luncheon address was named after Professor Joseph J. Mathews of Emory University, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South. In 2003, the address was renamed for both Professors Mathews and Weinberg. Professor Gerhard Weinberg of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a longtime and active member of the Section and a dedicated patron of the profession of history in the South, is Professor Emeritus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught for twenty-five years. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a distinguished scholar of Nazi Germany.

 

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