Sarotte Receives HM Shannon Prize in Contemp. European Studies!

Congratulations to Mary Sarotte, who received Honorable Mention for the 2011 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies, from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies for her book 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe (2009).

Jury Statement: “Mary Elise Sarotte in 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe recounts the accidents, political calculations, and social changes that led to the fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany. Linking individual stories to high politics, Sarotte’s masterly narrative and skillful studies of key decision makers argues that the structure of today’s post-cold war world was not inevitable. Beautifully written and well-researched; a landmark study of European politics.”

The Shannon Prize is an annual award given 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.”

The Financial Times selected 1989 as one of their “Books of the Year” and it has won three prizes: 2010 Robert H. Ferrell Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), for distinguished scholarship on US foreign policy; 2009 Prize from the German government’s Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), for distinguished scholarship in German and European Studies; and the 2010 Marshall Shulman Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS, recently renamed ASEES; co-winner). Among many other favorable reviews, it was hailed as “[A] truly great book… [A] whodunit of world politics that uses sources from Germany, the USA, Russia and other countries to reveal both the details and the drama of the year of German unification in an unprecedented fashion.” -Stefan Kornelius, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Many warm congratulations to Mary Elise Sarotte!

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  1. Congratulations Mary. I had to read that Book for my European history Class and found it very well written. I have been Living in Berlin for some Time and have read many Books regarding this Topic, this was one of the better ones.