The Tomlinson Book Prize

Dennis E. Showalter 1942-2019

Dennis was long-time professor at Colorado College and a visiting professor at many military schools including the Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Marine Corps University. Despite never having had PhD students of his own, Dennis was a mentor, a teacher, and an inspiration to an entire generation of historians. He appears in hundreds of acknowledgements and dedications, and was also the subject of a Festschrift and a special issue of the journal War in History. He was a president of the Society for Military History, a founding member of the International Society for First World War Studies, and the winner of the prestigious Pritzker Medal.

Above all, though, Dennis was a true gentleman who saw the potential in every student and scholar with whom he ever worked. As his daughter, Clara Kathleen, wrote, the lesson of Dennis’s career and his life is “Be kind. Period. Lift up, don’t punch down. Assume the best and if you don’t get it challenge people to get there. That’s how you make the world better.”
We have lost a true titan and a good friend.
Michael Neiberg, fellow Tomlinson Prize Award Judge

Authors Yigit Akin and Roger R. Reese awarded the 2019 Tomlinson prize for their World War One books; Honorable Mention category goes to Spencer C. Tucker

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The World War One Historical Association (WW1HA) annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for 2019 for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918) has been awarded to two exceptional historians: Yiğit Akin, assistant professor of history at Tulane University, for his When the War Came Home: The Ottomans’ Great War and the Devastation of an Empire (Stanford University Press), and Texas A&M University history professor Roger R. Reese’s The Imperial Russian Army in Peace, War, and Revolution, 1856-1917 (University Press of Kansas).

For the second year in a row the new Honorable Mention category was also awarded: the two-volume World War I: A Country-by-Country Guide edited by Fulbright scholar Spencer C. Tucker (ABC-CLIO).

This is the fifth time that multiple books won the Tomlinson prize. Three 2018 titles shared the award presented in 2019, three books published in 2016 shared the 2017 award, and three 2010 titles also shared the award presented in 2011. Two books published in 2017 received the award in 2018. The Tomlinson prize started in 1999.

The Tomlinson prize consists of a cash award and original bronze plaque sculpted by Andrew L. Chernak, a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran whose sculptures are installed at Arlington Cemetery and state and private parks:

http://andrewchernaksculptures.com/

Honorable Mention awards consist of an original bronze plaque sculpted by Chernak.

Both awards are made possible through a grant from Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., Director-emeritus of The Western Front Association – United States Branch. (WFA-US became the World War One Historical Association in 2011.)

How to Submit a Book for Consideration

Historians Graydon Tunstall and Michael Neiberg, plus Editor of the WW1HA Tomlinson Prize Review of World War One Books Dana Lombardy form the prize jury for the Norman B. Tomlinson Prize, awarded annually by the World War One Historical Association to the best English-language book(s) on World War I. Normally the prize is awarded in the year following the calendar year of publication, but there are occasional exceptions to that policy. For information on how to submit books for the prize, email dana.lombardy@gmail.com or neiberg102@gmail.com.

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Previous Winners

2018

For the third time in its history, three books share the Tomlinson prize:

Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and Germany’s War on the Western Front
By Jonathan Boff
Oxford University Press, 2018
The Generals’ War: Operational Level Command on the Western Front in 1918
By David T. Zabecki
Indiana University Press, 2018
Pandora’s Box: A History of the First World War
By Jörn Leonhard
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2018

2017

Co-Winners:

The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End
By Robert Gerwarth
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017

Pershing’s Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War
By Richard Faulkner
University Press of Kansas, 2017


2016

For the second time in its history, three books share the Tomlinson prize:

Instrument of War: The German Army 1914-1918
By Dennis Showalter
Osprey Publishing, 2016

The Path to War: How the First World War Created Modern America
By Michael S. Neiberg
Oxford University Press, 2016

Written in Blood: The Battle for Fortress Przemysl in WWI
By Graydon “Jack” Tunstall
Indiana University Press, 2016



2015

Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War
By James Lyon
Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
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2014

Verdun: The Longest Battle of the Great War
By Paul Jankowski
Oxford University Press, 2013
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2013

Planning Armageddon: British Economic Warfare and the First World War
By Nicholas A. Lambert
Harvard University Press, 2012

2012

The Romanian Battlefront in World War I 
By Glenn E. Torrey
The University Press of Kansas, 2011

2011

The Russian Origins of the First World War
By Sean McMeekin
Harvard University Press, 2011

2010

The Final Battle: Soldiers of the Western Front in the German Revolution of 1918
By D. Scott Stephenson
Cambridge University Press, 2009

Blood on the Snow: The Carpathian Winter War of 1915
By Graydon “Jack” Tunstall
University Press of Kansas, 2010

Breakthrough: The Gorlice-Tarnow Campaign, 1915
By Richard L. DiNardo
Praeger, 2010

2009

Bloody Victory: The Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century
By William James Philpott
Little Brown, 2009

2008

The Second Battle of the Marne 
By Michael Neiberg
University of Indiana Press, 2008

2007

To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918
By Edward Lengel
Henry Holt & Company, 2008

2006

Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War
By Brigadier General Robert A. Doughty, USA (Ret.)
Harvard University Press, 2005

2005

Fighting Different Wars: Experience, Memory and the First World War in Britain
By Janet S. K. Watson
Cambridge University Press, 2004

2004

A Fraternity of Arms: America and France in the Great War
By Robert B. Bruce
University Press of Kansas, 2003

2003

France and The Great War, 1914-1918
By Leonard V. Smith, Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau & Annette Becker
Cambridge University Press, 2002

2002

German Atrocities, 1914: A History of Denial
By John Horne & Alan Kramer,
Yale University Press

2001

The First World War Volume I: To Arms
By Hew Strachan,
Oxford University Press, 2001

2000

Sir John Fisher’s Naval Revolution
By Nicholas A. Lambert
University of South Carolina Press, 1999

1999

The First World War: Germany and Austria-Hungary, 1914-1918
By Holger H. Herwig
Edward Arnold Publishing, 1997
A second edition was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 with new material on the domestic front and internal political and ethnic fissures.

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