Marc Bloch Prize in Early Modern and Modern European History (15th-21st centuries)


From 2009 to 2015 the Department of History and Civilization awarded a biannual prize to the author of the best new MA thesis in early modern, modern or contemporary European history and in the history of Europe in the world.

Marc Bloch (1886-1944) was one of the most influential historians of the twentieth century. In keeping with two central aspects of his historical oeuvre, the Department selected studies with an explicit comparative or transnational perspective of a high scholarly historical nature. Research accuracy, innovation and literary merit were important factors in the final selection.

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Winners of the Marc Bloch Prize

2015 (for MA theses defended in 2013 or 2014)

79 MA theses in Early Modern and Modern European History (15th-21st centuries) were received for the 2015 European University Institute Marc Bloch Prize. The theses were in 12 different languages, with applications representing 24 different European and non-Europeannationalities. Of these 79 theses the following 9 were shortlisted for the prize:

  • Alessandro Bonvini (Italy), Gli esuli italiani in America Latina durante il Risorgimento, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • Richard Bräuer (Germany), Studie zur Anwendbarkeit der Außenhandelstheorie auf koloniale Situationen in ausgewählten Produktgruppen, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Meredith Gaffield (USA), 'To pursue peaceably and with honesty my line of business’: Commercial Reputations and Political Claims among Emigres in Philadelphia, 1798, Johns Hopkins University
  • Germán Jiménez Montes (Spain), Mercaderes flamencos en Sevilla durante los inicios de la revuelta neerlandesa (1565-1585), Universidad de Sevilla
  • Edgar Pereira (Portugal), Pombalismo, Jesuítas e a Terra nas Velhas Conquistas.Confisco e Redistribuicão de propriedade fundiária na Goa Setecentista (1759-1777), Universidade Nova de Lisboa
  • Hannah Puckett (USA), Narrating the Nation: Nationalist Discourse on the Muslim Presence in Bulgaria, New York University
  • Wouter Reitsema (Netherlands), A-Status in the Cold War. An entangled history of Vietnamese boat refugees and the Netherlands (1979-1981), VU University Amsterdam
  • Andrei Sorescu (Romania), The Concept of ‘Proletariat’ in Late Nineteenth Century Romania: Imagining an Underclass, UCL SSEES
  • Markus Wurzer (Austria), Anton(io) Rainer. Das Tagebuch eines Südtiroler Bersagliere aus dem Abessinienkrieg 1935-1936, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

After a careful analysis of all submitted works, the jury has decided to take an ex-aequo decision. The 2015 EUI Marc Bloch Prize will be split between:

  • Edgar Pereira (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), for his thesis “Pombalismo, Jesuítas e a Terra nas Velhas Conquistas. Confisco e Redistribuicão de propriedade fundiária na Goa Setecentista (1759-1777)” and
  • Hannah Puckett (New York University), for her thesis “Narrating the Nation: Nationalist Discourse on the Muslim Presence in Bulgaria”


2013 (for MA theses defended in 2011 or 2012)

  • Åsmund Borgen Gjerde (University of Oslo), for his MA thesis Reinterpreting Soviet ‘Anti-Zionism’. An Analysis of ‘Anti-Zionist’ Texts Published in the Soviet Union, 1967-1972
  • Danilo Scholz (EHESS Paris), for his MA thesis Alexandre Kojeve et la philosophie allemande: l’homme, l’histoire et la politique (1926-1947)


2011 (for MA theses defended in 2009 or 2010)

  • Margherita Trento (Università degli Studi di Torino), for her study Semantiche della conversione. Traduzioni e traslazioni di linguaggi nell’opera del missionario gesuita Roberto Nobili 
  • Florian Wagner (Universität Tübingen / Université de Provence à Aix-en-Provence), for his MA thesis Zwischen Konfrontation und Kooperation: Die Kolonialverbände und die „Marokko-Frage“ in der französischen, deutschen und spanischen Gesellschaft von 1900 bis 1912 


2009 (for MA theses defended in 2007 or 2008)

  • Milos Jovanovic (Central European University, Budapest), for his MA thesis Constructing the National Capital: De-Ottomanization and Urban Transformation in 19th Century Belgrade 



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