Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History

The Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History, established in 2009 and sponsored by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the field of history in the previous calendar year. The Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History carries a cash award. The award is presented at the ASEEES Annual Convention.

Sarah Cameron, The Hungry Steppe: Famine, Violence, and the Making of Soviet Kazakhstan (Cornell University Press)

Honorable Mention: Natalia Nowakowska, King Sigismund of Poland and Martin Luther: The Reformation before Confessionalization (Oxford University Press)

Rules of eligibility for the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History competition are as follows:

    • The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2019 to be eligible for the 2020 competition)
    • The book must be originally in the form of a monograph, preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors
    • Authors may be of any nationality as long as the work is originally published in English
    • Works should deal with any area of Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia
    • The competition is limited to works of historical scholarship broadly understood
    • Textbooks, collections, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible
    • Self-published books are ineligible.

Nominating Instructions

Fill out and submit this form to notify the Association of your intent to nominate a publication for ASEEES prizes. New for 2020: books may only be nominated for two prizes (eg this prize and one other.)

Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses below) AND to the ASEEES main office (address in the footnote). The nomination form must be submitted by no later than April 15. And books must be received by no later than May 15. (Books not received by the deadline may not be considered.)

Submissions should be clearly marked “Reginald Zelnik Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASEEES main office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.

Please direct questions to Mary Arnstein (ASEEES Communications Coordinator) at newsnet@pitt.edu

The winner of the Reginald Zelnik Book Prize in History will be chosen by the following scholars:

Keely Stauter-Halsted, U Illinois at Chicago, 2019-2021, Chair
(mailing address):
Keely Stauter-Halsted
133 S. East Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Catherine Evtuhov, Columbia U, 2020-2022
C/o Boris Gasparov
Stoliarnyi pereulok d. 18/69
kv. 71
190031 St. Petersburg
Russian Federation
(PLEASE DO NOT SEND UNTIL MID MARCH)

Wendy Goldman, Carnegie-Mellon U, 2020-2022
(mailing address):
Wendy Goldman
Department of History
Baker Hall 240
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

 

(for customs use): Please mark the nominated books as "gift" to alert Customs that this is not a commercial shipment/to insure the recipient does not have to pay for the items.
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