The Willi Paul Adams Award is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book on American history published in a foreign language. The award (formerly the Foreign Language Book Prize) is named for Willi Paul Adams, who was an active member of OAH in Germany and a tireless advocate of the internationalization of American history.
The OAH defines both “history” and “American” broadly. To be eligible, a book should be concerned with the past (recent or distant) or with issues of continuity and change. It should also be concerned with events or processes that began, developed, or ended in what is now the United States. We welcome comparative and international studies that fall within these guidelines. Authors of eligible books are invited to nominate their work. We urge scholars who know of eligible publications written by others to inform those authors of the award. Since the purpose of the award is to expose Americanists to scholarship originally published in a language other than English—to overcome the language barrier that keeps scholars apart—this award is not open to books whose manuscripts were originally submitted for publication in English or by people for whom English is their first language.
Each entry must have been published during the two-year period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.
The award will be presented at the 2017 OAH Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6–9.
Willi Paul Adams Award Committee
Carl J. Guarneri, Saint Mary's College of California (Committee Chair)
Nicolas Barreyre, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales
Michael Jochen Hochgeschwender, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Hannah Spahn, University of Potsdam
Jean-Christian Vinel, Université Paris Diderot