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DeBenedetti Prize In Peace History

Since 1987-88, PHS has awarded the Charles DeBenedetti Prize biannually (in even years). The prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding English-language journal article, book chapter, or introduction on peace history. (To be eligible, book chapters must be published in an edited book; and introductions must be published in an edited book and must be article-length, be a “stand-alone” piece, and have the same scholarly attributes as a research article.) The prize carries a cash award of $500. Articles may focus on the history of peace movements, the response of individuals to peace and war issues, the relationship between peace and other reform movements, gender issues in warfare and peacemaking, comparative analyses, and quantitative studies.

The next DeBenedetti Prize will be awarded for a journal article, book chapter, or introduction published during 2013 and 2014. Articles appearing in Peace & Change are automatically considered.

If you wish to submit or nominate an article, please provide the pdf from the published journal no later than June 1, 2015 to Mona Siegel, The prize committee consists of Mona Siegel (most recent recipient and chair), Erika Kuhlman (Peace & Change Editor), and Andrew Barbero (PHS Secretary). The DeBenedetti Prize winner will be officially announced at the 2015 PHS national conference, October 22-24, University of Saint Joseph, CT.

Previous award recipients:

2011-2012: Mona L. Siegel, “Western Feminism and Anti-Imperialism: The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's Anti-Opium Campaign,” Peace & Change 36, no. 1 (January 2011): 34-61.

2009-2010: Melissa R. Klapper, “'Those by Whose Side We have Labored’: American Jewish Women and the Peace Movement between the Wars,” The Journal of American History 97, no. 3 (December 2010).

2007-2008: Tosihiro Higuchi and Penny Roberts, "The Languages of Peace during the French Religious Wars," Cultural and Social History 4 (2007): 293-311.

2005-2006:  Robert J. Topmiller, “Struggling for Peace: South Vietnamese Buddhist Women and Resistance to the Vietnam War,” Journal of Women's History 17:3 (Fall 2005): 133-157.

2003-2004: Doug Rossinow, "The Model of a Fellow Traveler: Harry F. Ward, the American League of Peace and Democracy and the 'Russian Question' in American Politics, 1933-1956," Peace & Change 29:2 (April 2004): 177-220.

2001-2002: Perry Bush, "The Political Education of Vietnam Christian Service, 1954-1975," Peace and Change 27:2 (April 2002).

1999-2000: Laura Hein, "Savage Irony: The Imaginative Power of the 'Military Comfort Women' in the 1990s," Gender and History 11 (July 1999): 336-372.

1997-1998: Robert Shaffer, "Cracks in the Consensus: Defending the Rights of Japanese Americans During World War II," Radical History Review 72 (Fall 1998): 84-120.

1995-1996: Susan Zeiger, "She Didn't Raise Her Boy To Be a Slacker," Feminist Studies (Spring 1996)

1993-1994: Allen Smith, "Mass Society and the Bomb: The Discourse of Pacifism in the 1950s," Peace and Change (Ocotber 1993)
1991-1992: Sandi Cooper, "Pacifism in France, 1889-1914: International Peace as a Human Right," French Historical Studies (Fall 1991)
1989-1990: Frances Early, "Feminism, Peace, and Civil Liberties: Women's Role in the Origins of the World War I Civil Liberties Movement," Women's Studies (1990)
1987-1988: Larry Wittner, "Peace Movements and Foreign Policy: The Challenge to Diplomatic Historians," Diplomatic History (Fall 1987)
Dennis R. Gordon, "The Paralysis of Multilateral Peacekeeping: International Organizations and the Falklands/Malvinas War, Peace and Change (No. 1/2 1987)

Robert Topmiller

Robert J. Topmiller receives 2005-2006 DeBenedetti Prize at the 2007 PHS Conference, Georgian Court University

Frances Early and Susan Zeiger

Frances Early (right) presenting Susan Zeiger with the 1995-1996 DeBenedetti Prize at the PHS Conference, Univ. of Texas at San Antonio
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