James E. Connolly receives the award 'Honorable Mention' for the Eugen Weber Book Prize

15 January 2020


James E. Connolly’s book received the award 'Honorable Mention' for the 2020 inaugural Eugen Weber Book Prize. It was awarded by the Department of History at UCLA for the best book on modern French history (post-1815) published internationally in English or French in 2017 or 2018.  It was officially announced at the 2020 American Historical Association annual meeting (4-6 January 2020). The following official citation will appear in their magazine Perspectives in History in February 2020:

James E. Connolly’s The Experience of the Occupation in the Nord, 1914-1918: Living with the Enemy in First World War France (Manchester University Press, 2018) is a well-crafted study of the German occupation in the Nord during World War I. It argues against using World War II histories of occupation for understanding the experience of occupation in the Great War. It shows how the range of civilian responses were shaped by social class, as well as by regional, religious and gender differences. Finally, it illuminates the “culture of occupation”—a  moral-patriotic framework—that emerged in the process. Using a wealth of archival and printed sources, this sophisticated study contributes to a better understanding of the war “behind the lines.”'