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History Department

Prof. Lawrence receives prestigious awards for his latest book

Wed, December 6, 2006

The prestigious Paul Birdsall Prize is given biennially to major works in European military history since 1870, while the George Lewis Beer Prize honors works in post-1895 European international history. Lawrence will receive both prizes in Atlanta at the annual AHA conference, taking place from January 4-7.

Assuming the Burden offers a offers a fresh interpretation of the origins of the American commitment to Vietnam, exploring U.S. involvement there before Washington made its first commitments of military and economic aid in 1950.

According to the Journal of Military History, “Lawrence offers a broad-based and genuinely original analysis both of the role of foreign policy within and foreign pressure on America in this period.”

Related links:
Associate Professor Mark Lawrence
More information on Assuming the Burden
Previous winners of the George Louis Beer Prize
Previous winners of the Paul Birdsall Prize
List of AHA award winners from the November issue of Perspectives journal
George Mason University's History News Network

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