Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at St. Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge (UK), and author of the award-winning book The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 will present the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize Lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, November 19, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies will present the 2015 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Sir Christopher Clark for his book, The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914, published by Harper. The jury praised the book stating, “[i]t is not merely the best account we have of the event it explores, but a model for historical explanation altogether.” The Sleepwalkers has been published in nineteen countries, with more than 110,000 copies printed in English and 220,000 copies in German.
The $10,000 Laura Shannon Prize is presented annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole, and recognizes alternately books in the humanities and in history & social sciences. This cycle considered books in history and social sciences published in 2012 and 2013.
For more information and to view the archive of past winners of the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies, visit nanovic.nd.edu/prize.