The 2018 European Studies Book Award Shortlist


The European Studies Book Award shortlist has been announced and it includes many notable and exciting books. The award honors the work of talented scholars who have written their first book on any subject in European Studies published within a two-year period. A multi-disciplinary Book Award Committee appointed by the Council for European Studies’ Executive Committee will choose the winner. A formal presentation of the award will be conducted at the International Conference of Europeanists. Listed below are the shortlisted books.


Chosen Nation: Mennonites and Germany in a Global Era

by Benjamin W. Goossen (Princeton University Press);


Civil Society and Memory in Postwar Germany

by Jenny Wüstenberg (Cambridge University Press);


European Union Policy-Making. The Regulatory Shift in Natural Gas Market Policy

by Nicole Herweg (Springer/Palgrave Macmillan);


Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire

by Erik R. Scott (Oxford University Press);


Lions and Lambs: Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany

by Noah Benezra Strote (Yale University Press);


Russia in the German Global Imaginary: Imperial Visions & Utopian Desires 1905-1941

by James E. Casteel (University of Pittsburgh Press);


Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community

by Max Bergholz (Cornell University Press).


The winner will be announced by early April in the European Studies Newsletter as well as on EuropeNow Daily. The winning author will receive a $1,000 cash prize.


This year’s jury is made up of: Rima Wilkes, Morten Høi Jensen, Suzanne Forsberg, Floris Vermeulen, Maria Kousis, Virag Molnar, and James Schryver.


Past awardees of the prize include Francine Hirsch for Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union, Chip Gagnon for The Myth of Ethnic War: Serbia and Croatia in the 1990s, Todd Shepard for his book, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (Cornell University Press), Mark I. Choate’s Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad, Bonnie M. Meguid’s Party Competition between Unequals: Strategies and Electoral Fortunes in Western Europe, Paulina Bren for her book The Greengrocer and His TV: The Culture of Communism after the 1968 Prague Spring, and Harris Mylonas for The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.


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