Professor Andrew Huebner‘s Love and Death in the Great War (Oxford UP, 2018) has been awarded the 2020 President’s Prize by the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. The Presidents’ Book Prize is awarded in even-numbered years for the best book treating any aspect of United States history in the period 1865-1920s. It must be the author’s second or subsequent scholarly book.
In Love and Death in the Great War Huebner argues that Americans viewed World War I as a battle for home and family, analyzing the idea of redemptive war across public and private spheres. He merges untold stories of ordinary men and women with a history of wartime culture, studying the war’s emotional dimensions and homefront effects. Love and Death in the Great War offers readers a fresh understanding one of America’s most enigmatic wars.
The prize is given at the annual luncheon of the SHGAPE at the Organization of American Historians annual conference. The prize includes an honorarium.