The Early Slavic Studies Association, “a scholarly, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering closer worldwide communication among scholars interested in pre-eighteenth century Slavic studies” and “promoting the dissemination of scholarly information on early Slavic studies through the organization of meetings and conferences and through the Association’s newsletter,” held its annual meeting at the ASEEES conference in New Orleans today. Michael A. Pesenson (University of Texas at Austin), representing the ESSA Book Prize committee in the absence of the committee’s other two members, George Majeska (Emeritus, University of Maryland) and Julia Verkholantseva (University of Pennsylvania), announced the winners of this year’s ESSA Book Prize.
The Book Prize Committee found it difficult to choose only one winner and one honorable mention, so they awarded two first-place prizes and two honorable mentions.
First place honors went to:
David B. Miller, Saint Sergius of Radonezh, His Trinity Monastery, and the Formation of the Russian Identity (Northern Illinois University Press, 2010)
and Jan Klápště, The Czech Lands in Medieval Transformation: East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450 (Brill, 2011)
The honorable mentions are:
Isaiah Gruber, Orthodox Russia in Crisis: Church and Nation in the Time of Troubles (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012)
and Michael Ostling, Between the Devil and the Host: Imagining Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland, Past & Present Book Series (Oxford University Press, 2012)