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Scott BillsScott Bills Memorial Prize in Peace History

The Peace History Society invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the Scott Bills Memorial Prize for a first book or a dissertation in English on a topic related to peace history published in 2023 or 2024. For books with different electronic and print publication dates, please submit based on the date the book appears in print. although books appearing only in electronic format are also eligible. The Prize, awarded biennially, carries a cash award of $500.

Please send a brief nomination letter (listing the author’s name, email address, book title, and publication information) along with a copy of the book to each member of the prize committee listed below. Nominees who do not send a copy of their submission to all members of the prize committee may be deemed ineligible for the award. The committee’s strong preference is for books to be submitted in print format, but electronic submissions will be accepted. Dissertations may be sent as a PDF file. For books and dissertations submitted electronically, please write “Scott Bills Memorial Prize submission” in the email subject line.

Please check back in January 2025 for nomination deadlines and procedures.

Previous award recipients:

2020-2022: Sakiko Kaiga, Britain and the Intellectual Origins of the League of Nations (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

2018-19: No award granted

2016-17: Nan Kim, Memory, Reconciliation, and Reunions in South Korea: Crossing the Divide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).

2014-15: Leilah Danielson, American Gandhi : A. J. Muste and the history of radicalism in the twentieth century (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

2012-13: Gearóid Barry, The disarmament of hatred : Marc Sangnier, French Catholicism and the legacy of the First World War, 1914-45 (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

2010-11: Nicholas Krehbiel, General Lewis B. Hershey and Conscientious Objection during World War II (Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press, 2011).

2008-09: Ross A. Kennedy, The Will to Believe: Woodrow Wilson, World War I, and America's Strategy for Peace and Security (Kent State University Press, 2009).

2006-07: Wesley Hogan, Many Minds, One Heart: SNCC's Dream for a New America (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2007).

2003-05: Michael S. Foley, Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance During the Vietnam War (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2003).

PHS hopes to make the Bills Memorial Prize a self-perpetuating endowment.  You may make an online donation to this fund in memory of Scott Bills at
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