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    ... Gutenberg-e : An Electronic Book Prize sponsored by the AHA The American Historical Association announces a prize competition for the best history
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      Gutenberg-e : An Electronic Book Prize sponsored by the AHA

      The American Historical Association announces a prize competition for the
      best history dissertations in fields where the traditional monograph has
      now become endangered; that is, difficult to publish because of disastrously
      declining sales. Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon
      Foundation, the AHA will award six prizes a year for a period of three
      years. Each prize will consist of a $20,000 fellowship to be used by the
      author for converting the dissertation into an electronic monograph of the
      highest quality. Chairs in all history departments in the United States
      that award the PhD are invited to nominate up to two dissertations a year
      in the following fields:

      In 1999: Africa, colonial Latin America, South Asia
      In 2000: Europe before 1800
      In 2001: Military history and foreign relations, not primarily of the United
      States

      One prize each year will be reserved for a dissertation or first-book
      manuscript by independent, public, or part-time scholars; that is, historians
      who do not have full-time employment in an institution that supports
      research. The other five prizes will go to dissertations defended after
      January 1996. Dissertations for the 1999 competition must be submitted on
      disk and in printed form, accompanied by a c.v. and a letter of nomination
      from the department chair, to AHA headquarters by June 1, 1999.

      The winners will be chosen by a panel of distinguished historians and will
      be announced at the AHA's annual meeting in January, 2000. All of the
      prizewinning monographs will be published by the Columbia University Press,
      which will receive part of the subsidy from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
      to develop this program into a series that will create a model for online
      publication in history.

      The general rules are:
      1. Dissertation Prizes: Each PhD-granting history department in the United
      States is eligible to submit up to two dissertations. Each entry must be
      submitted on disk and in printed form, accompanied by a c.v. and a letter of
      nomination from the department chair describing the particular merits of the
      dissertation and providing contact information for the dissertation adviser
      and the potential awardee.
      2. Independent, public, or part-time scholar's prize: Candidates for this
      prize can be self-nominated or nominated by the chair of the department
      where the candidates dissertation was defended. Each entry must include a
      copy of the dissertation or first-book manuscript on disk and in printed
      form, accompanied by a c.v. and a letter of nomination describing the
      particular merits of the dissertation or manuscript.
      3. Entries for this year's competition must be sent to AHA headquarters and
      postmarked by or on June 1, 1999, to be eligible for the 1999 competition.

      Submissions should be addressed to:
      Gutenberg-e
      AHA
      400 A Street, SE
      Washington, DC, 20003-3889

      Questions can be directed to Robert Townsend at rtownsend@..., or by
      calling (202) 544-2422.




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