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Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize

In 2010 the German Historical Institute London awarded the Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize for the first time on the occasion of its Annual Lecture. The Wolfgang J. Mommsen Prize is named in memory of the former director of the German Historical Institute London who died in 2004. Wolfgang J. Mommsen would have celebrated his eightieth birthday that year.

The prize will be awarded to the author of an outstanding piece of German research on British history and covers the cost of translating the work into English and publishing it in a new series initiated by the Institute, Studies in British and Imperial History. The aim of the series is to make German research on British history more accessible to a British readership. Both the prize and the series thus further the Institute’s mission of advancing British–German research in the field of history.

Prize-winner Benno Gammerl

The 2012 winner was Benno Gammerl, who received the award for his Ph.D. thesis Untertanen, Staatsbürger und Andere. Der Umgang mit ethnischer Heterogenität im Britischen Weltreich und im Habsburgerreich 1867-1918 (Kritische Studien zur Geschichtswissenschaft Band 189), Göttingen 2010 which was submitted to the Free University Berlin and supervised by Professor Dieter Gosewinkel and Professor Jürgen Kocka. The translation appeared as volume 7 of the series Studies in British and Imperial History under the title Subjects, Citizens, and Others. Administering Ethnic Heterogeneity in the British and Habsburg Empires, 1867-1918 in November 2017.

The 2010 winner was Tobias Wolffhardt, who received the award for his Ph.D. thesis Wissensproduktion als Staatsaufgabe. Colin Mackenzie (ca. 1753–1821) und das Projekt eines umfassenden Survey in Indien (Knowledge-production as a task of the state. Colin Mackenzie (c.1753–1821) and the project of surveying India), which was submitted to the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and supervised by Professor Eckhart Hellmuth. The prize was awarded on the occasion of the Annual Lecture on 12 November 2010. The book was published under the title Unearthing the Past to Forge the Future. Colin Mackenzie, the Early Colonial State, and the Comprehensive Survey of India in October 2017.