The Society for American Historians has awarded the 56th annual Allan Nevins Prize to our own Matthew Kruer for his dissertation, “Our Time of Anarchy”: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Wars of the Susquehannocks, 1675-1682. The Allan Nevins Prize, named for the Society's founder, is awarded annually for the best-written doctoral dissertation on an American subject! The prize comes with a guarantee of publication by one of the publisher members of the Society. The award described his dissertation as follows:
"It is a brilliantly accomplished study of the civil wars that embroiled the inhabitants of eastern North America in the late 17th century. By looking carefully at seven crucial years, Kruer reopens what we thought were settled questions about Bacon’s Rebellion and offers a compelling account of a contested continent. Grief and fear gripped Native American and colonial communities alike, feeding a spiral of violence and disorder, settled only when the Susquehannocks won wars that put a native stamp on a continental order. Kruer’s time span may be short but the stakes of his story—for the history of North America and for American historiography—are enormous."
This is an extraordinary achievement and Matthew deserves our warmest congratulations!
Posted on Thu, May 19, 2016
by Lee Green-Hall