The World History Association Book Prize was created in 1999 to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of world history. In 2012, the it renamed in memory of Jerry H. Bentley and his significant contributions to the field of world history and the World History Association.
Authors, publishers, WHA members, or other interested parties may nominate books published during a calendar year. Please note that only books published in the immediately preceding calendar year are eligible (e.g., only books published in 2020 are eligible for the 2021 prize).
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 or July. A one-year membership in the WHA and a certificate will also be included with each prize.
For a book to be considered for the prize, one copy of the book must be provided to each of the Bentley Book Prize Committee’s three members. Entries must be received by 1 February. Late entries and submissions which 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. A copy of nominated books for the WHA Bentley Book Prize should be sent each member of the Committee.
WHA Bentley Book Prize Committee
- Anand A. Yang, Chair
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
- Erika Rappaport
482 Paseo Del Descanso
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- John K. Thornton
891 Belmont Street
Watertown, MA 02472
WHA Bentley Book Prize Recipients
- Alan Strathern, Unearthly Powers: Religious and Political Change in World History (Cambridge University Press)
- Edward Rugemer, Slave Law and the Politics of Resistance in the Early Atlantic World (Harvard University Press)
- Fahad Ahmad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950 (Cambridge University Press)
- Lorelle Semley, To be Free and French: Citizenship in France’s Atlantic Empire (Cambridge University Press)
- 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)
- Kiran Klaus Patel, The New Deal: A Global History (Princeton University Press)
- Robert DuPlessis, Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650–1800 (Cambridge University Press)
- 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)
- Giorgio Riello, Cotton: The Fabric That Made the Modern World (Cambridge University Press)
- Carl H. Nightingale, Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities (University of Chicago Press)
- John K. Thornton, A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250–1820 (Cambridge University Press)
- Prasannan Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850 (Cambridge University Press)
- Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference (Princeton University Press)
- John R. Chavez, Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400–2000 (Cambridge University Press)
- Adam McKeown, Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders, 1834–1929 (Columbia University Press)
- Joachim Radkau, Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment (Cambridge University Press)
- Stuart Banner, Possessing the Pacific: Land, Settlers, and Indigenous People from Australia to Alaska (Harvard University Press)
- Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration (Oxford University Press [United Kingdom] and W. W. Norton [North America])
No prize awarded.
- David Christian, Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History (University of California Press)
- Victor Lieberman, Strange Parallels: Southeast Asia in Global Context, c. 800–1830, vol. 1, Integration on the Mainland (Cambridge University Press)
- Lauren Benton, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400–1900 (Cambridge University Press)
- Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World (Verso)
- John R. McNeill, Something New under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century World (W. W. Norton)
- Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (Princeton University Press)
- James McClellan III and Harold Dorn, Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction (Johns Hopkins University Press)
- Andre Gunder Frank, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (University of California Press)