WHA Bentley Book Prize

Created in 1999, the World History Association Bentley Book Prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of world history. In 2012, the WHA Book prize was renamed in memory of Jerry H. Bentley and his significant contributions to the field of world history and the World History Association.  The 2018 prize is being funded by the generous donations from WHA Giving Tuesday.  

Authors, publishers, WHA members, or other interested parties may nominate books published during a calendar year. Please note that only books published in the prior calendar year (eg. 2017 are eligible for the 2018 competition) are eligible.

The winner of the Book Prize will receive an award of $500. Formal bestowal of the prize is made at the WHA annual meeting, normally held in June/July. A one-year membership in the WHA and a certificate will also be included with each prize.

Entries must be submitted by February 1 of each year to allow time for juror evaluations. Late entries and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified.

In the event that the Book Prize Committee considers the quality of the entries does not warrant the awarding of any prize, the Committee shall have the right to make no award available. Copies of nominated books for the WHA Bentley Book Prize should be sent each member of the Committee.

World History Association Bentley Book Prize Committee

Anand A. Yang, Chair
Box 353650
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650

John K. Thornton
891 Belmont Street
Watertown, MA 02472

MJ Maynes
Department of History
University of Minnesota
1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

WHA Bentley Book Prize Guidelines (Downloadable PDF)

WHA Bentley Book Prize Awardees

2017 (Co-Winners)

Jonathan Eacott
Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600 – 1830
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and University of North Carolina Press, 2016

Kiran Klaus Patel
The New Deal: A Global History
Princeton University Press, 2016

Robert DuPlessis
Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650 – 1800
Cambridge University Press, 2015

Alfred J. Rieber
Struggle for The Eurasian Borderlands: From the Rise of Early Modern Empires to the End of the First World War
Cambridge University Press, 2014

Giorgio Riello
Cotton: The Fabric that Made the Modern World
Cambridge University Press, 2013

2013 (Co-Winners)

Carl H. Nightingale
Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities
University of Chicago Press, 2012

John K. Thornton
A Cultural History of the Atlantic World 1250-1820
Cambridge University Press, 2012

Prasannan Parthasarathi
Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850
Cambridge University Press, 2011

Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper
Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference
Princeton University Press, 2011

John R. Chavez
Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000
Cambridge University Press, 2009

2009 (Co-Winners)

Adam McKeown
Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders, 1834-1929
Columbia University Press, 2008

Joachim Radkau
Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment
Cambridge University Press, 2008

Stuart Banner
Possessing the Pacific Land, Settlers, and Indigenous People from Australia to Alaska
Harvard University Press, 2007

Felipe Fernández-Armesto
Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration
Oxford University Press (U.K.) and W. W. Norton (North America), 2007

No prize awarded

David Christian
Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History
University of California Press, 2004

Victor Lieberman
Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800 – 1830, Vol. I: “Integration on the Mainland”
Cambridge University Press, 2003

Lauren Benton
Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900
Cambridge University Press, 2001

Mike Davis
Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
Verso, 2002

2001 (Co-Winners)

John R. McNeill
Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of The Twentieth Century World
W.W. Norton, 2001

Kenneth Pomeranz
The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy
Princeton University Press, 2001

James McClellan III and Harold Dorn
Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998

Andre Gunder-Frank
Re-Orient: Global Economy in the Asian Age
University of California Press, 1998


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