2004-2005 Book Prize Committee

Winning Book: 
John Edward Toews, Becoming Historical: Cultural Reformation and Public Memory in Early Nineteenth-Century Berlin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

“The winner of the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize for a work published in any field of Central European History in 2004 and 2005 is Becoming Historical: Cultural Reformation and Public Memory in Early Nineteenth-Century Berlin by John Edward Toews, published by Cambridge University Press in 2004.  In this sweeping work of intellectual history, Toews explores the rich historicist culture of Berlin leading up to the 1840s, its sources, contexts, and its manifestations in diverse disciplines of philosophy, literature, political thought, music, and architecture.  In doing so,Becoming Historical offers a unique interpretation of the emergence of historicist consciousness and nationalism out of the strains of Romanticism, post-Kantian philosophy, and Protestant ethics, and models the contradictions and paradoxes of historical subjectivity.  Methodologically it deepens textual and contextual practices of intellectual history, venturing to reconstruct how contemporary subjects experienced the compositions and spaces of historicist culture.  This book was selected out of a pool of over 50 historical works published in 2004 and 2005.  The committee congratulates  Professor Toews and thanks him for this impressive work.”

Scott Spector
Ann Goldberg
Robert Moeller

December 2006