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Below is a list of recent winners of the Hans Rosenberg Book Prize. When it is available, clicking on the title will take you to the prize committee’s commendation (laudatio). (Note: starting in 2025, the Society will use the year in which the prize was awarded as the point of reference. Thus, the 2025 Rosenberg Prize will be for books published in 2023.)

Marjorie Elizabeth Plummer, Stripping the Veil: Convent Reform, Protestant Nuns, and Female Devotional Life in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Oxford University Press, 2022).

Georg B. Michels, The Habsburg Empire Under Siege: Ottoman Expansion and Hungarian Revolt in the Age of Grand Vizier Ahmed Köprülü (1661–76) (McGill-Queens University Press, 2021).

Anita Kurimay, Queer Budapest, 1873-1961 (University of Chicago Press, 2020).

Astrid M. Eckert, West Germany and the Iron Curtain: Environment, Economy, and Culture in the Borderlands (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Molly Loberg, The Struggle for the Streets of Berlin: Politics, Consumption, and Urban Space, 1914-1945 (Cambridge, 2018).


James Retallack, Red Saxony: Election Battles and the Spectre of Democracy in Germany, 1860-1918 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).


Erin R. Hochman, Imagining a Greater Germany: Republican Nationalism and the Idea of Anschluss (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2016).

Karen Hagemann, Revisiting Prussia’s Wars Against Napoleon: History, Culture and Memory (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015).

Benjamin Carter Hett, Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Brian E. Vick, The Congress of Vienna: Power and Politics after Napoleon (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Lars Maischak, German Merchants in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

R. M. Douglas, Orderly and Humane: The Expulsion of the Germans after the Second World War (Yale University Press, 2012).

Michael Meng, Shattered Spaces: Encountering Ruins in Postwar Germany and Poland (Harvard University Presss, 2011).

Monica Black, Death in Berlin: From Weimar to Divided Germany, (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

Hilary Earl,The Nuremberg SS-Einsatzgruppen Trial, 1945-58: Atrocity, Law, and History, (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Tara Zahra, Kidnapped Souls: National Indifference and the Battle for Children in the Bohemian Lands, 1900-1948, (Cornell University Press, 2008)

Chad Bryant, Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007)

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

William Hagen, Ordinary Prussians: Brandenburg Junkers and Villagers, 1500-1840(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Harold Marcuse, Legacies of Dachau: The Uses and Abuses of a Concentration Camp, 1933-2001 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Kathy Stuart, Defiled Trades and Social Outcasts: Honor and Ritual Pollution in Early Modern Germany (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999).

Kathleen Canning, Languages of Labor and Gender: Female Factory Work in Germany, 1850-1914 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996).

Heide Fehrenbach, Cinema in Democratizing Germany:  Reconstructing of National Identity After Hitler (Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Press, 1995).

David Blackbourn, Marpingen:  Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century Germany (New York:  Knopf, 1993).

Marion Kaplan, The Making of the Jewish Middle Class:  Women, Family, and Identity in Imperial Germany (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991).

Runners up:
Robert Gellately, The Gestapo and German Society:  Enforcing Racial Policy, 1933-1945 (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 1990).

Jonathan Sperber, Rhineland Radicals The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848-1849 (Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1991).

James Van Horn Melton, Absolutism and the Eighteenth-Century Origins of Compulsory Schooling in Prussia and Austria (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1988).

Peter Hayes, Industry and Ideology: I.G. Farben in the Nazi Era (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1987).