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German History Prizes

Postgraduate Essay Prize

The German History Society (GHS) will award a prize of £500 to the winner of their annual essay competition. In addition, the essay will be considered for publication in German History.

The prize will be presented to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the GHS in September. The Society will pay the cost of travel within the UK and Ireland for the winner attending the AGM to receive the award.

A runner-up prize of £250 will also be awarded.

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The winner of the 2019 Postgraduate Essay Prize offered jointly by the GHS and RHS was Dr Simon Unger (University of Oxford), for his essay "'Leaders, not Lords’: Führertum, Democracy, and Nazism in the Weimar Republic".

For the first time this year, we have also been able to award a runner-up prize. The recepient of this was Holly Fletcher (Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge) for her essay, ‘Belly-Worshippers and Greed-Paunches’: Fatness and the Belly in the Lutheran Reformation.


Undergraduate Dissertation Prize

The German History Society offers an annual prize of £300 for the best undergraduate dissertation on German History written by a student of history (single or joint honours, or in a cognate discipline) at a UK or Irish university.

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The winner of the 2018 GHS Undergraduate Prize was Thomas Sampson (Faculty of History, University of Cambridge), with his dissertation, “Anglo-Jewish Humanitarianism and the Jewish Relief Unit, 1943-50”