2015 Historia Nova Winner Announced

The Historia Nova Prize Committee is pleased to award the 2015 prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History to Ekaterina Pravilova for her volume  A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia (Princeton University Press, 2014).

 

About A Public Empire:

"Property rights" and "Russia" do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state. Many scholars have attributed Russia’s long-term development problems to a failure to advance property rights for the modern age and blamed Russian intellectuals for their indifference to the issues of ownership. A Public Empire refutes this widely shared conventional wisdom and analyzes the emergence of Russian property regimes from the time of Catherine the Great through World War I and the revolutions of 1917. Most importantly, A Public Empire shows the emergence of the new practices of owning "public things" in imperial Russia and the attempts of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the security of property with the ideals of the common good.

The book analyzes how the belief that certain objects—rivers, forests, minerals, historical monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics—should accede to some kind of public status developed in Russia in the mid-nineteenth century. Professional experts and liberal politicians advocated for a property reform that aimed at exempting public things from private ownership, while the tsars and the imperial government employed the rhetoric of protecting the sanctity of private property and resisted attempts at its limitation.

Exploring the Russian ways of thinking about property, A Public Empire looks at problems of state reform and the formation of civil society, which, as the book argues, should be rethought as a process of constructing "the public" through the reform of property rights.

Ekaterina Pravilova is associate professor of history at Princeton University.

(Description from the publisher's website)

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Academic Studies Press

Founded in 2007, Academic Studies Press quickly established itself as a leading publisher in both Jewish and Slavic studies. Our monographs, multi-authored collections, anthologies, critical companions, and memoirs are frequently and highly recommended by CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and our books have been the recipients of many awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in Holocaust Literature, and the Helecki Award for Outstanding Book on the Polish Experience in America. Our books are curated in collaboration with our series editors who are major scholars in their respective fields.

2015 Short List Announced

The Historia Nova Prize committee is pleased to announce the short list for the 2015 prize:

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Founded in 2007, Academic Studies Press quickly established itself as a leading publisher in both Jewish and Slavic studies. Our monographs, multi-authored collections, anthologies, critical companions, and memoirs are frequently and highly recommended by CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and our books have been the recipients of many awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in Holocaust Literature, and the Helecki Award for Outstanding Book on the Polish Experience in America. Our books are curated in collaboration with our series editors who are major scholars in their respective fields.

Historia Nova Prize Ceremony

The MIKHAIL PROKHOROV FOUNDATION and ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS are pleased to invite you to attend the award ceremony for the fourth annual Historia Nova Prize for the Best Book on Russian Intellectual and Cultural History at this year’s ASEEES convention.

The award ceremony will take place on:

Friday, November 20, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
THIRTEEN RESTAURANT
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

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Academic Studies Press

Founded in 2007, Academic Studies Press quickly established itself as a leading publisher in both Jewish and Slavic studies. Our monographs, multi-authored collections, anthologies, critical companions, and memoirs are frequently and highly recommended by CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and our books have been the recipients of many awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in Holocaust Literature, and the Helecki Award for Outstanding Book on the Polish Experience in America. Our books are curated in collaboration with our series editors who are major scholars in their respective fields.

2015 Long List Announced

The Historia Nova Prize committee is pleased to announce the long list for the 2015 prize:

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Academic Studies Press

Founded in 2007, Academic Studies Press quickly established itself as a leading publisher in both Jewish and Slavic studies. Our monographs, multi-authored collections, anthologies, critical companions, and memoirs are frequently and highly recommended by CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, and our books have been the recipients of many awards, including the National Jewish Book Award for Education and Jewish Identity, the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award in Holocaust Literature, and the Helecki Award for Outstanding Book on the Polish Experience in America. Our books are curated in collaboration with our series editors who are major scholars in their respective fields.