Congratulations to David Ekbladh, whose work, The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order, has received the 2010 Best First Book Award from the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society!
In his book, Ekbladh argues that America’s global modernization efforts during the twentieth century were a way to remake the world in its own image. Using new sources and perspectives, he shows that the emerging concept of modernization relied upon existing development ideas from the Depression, and concludes with a new interpretation of America’s ideological motivations and humanitarian responsibilities abroad.
Phi Alpha Theta is a “professional society” whose mission, as stated on its website, is to “promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.” In its opinion, The Great American Mission was the best first book published by an author in 2010.
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