April 10, 2018

All Book Award Winners

2017 Book Award (History & Humanities) Winner

Qazaqliq, or Ambitious Brigandage, and the Formation of the Qazaqs: State and Identity in Post-Mongol Central Eurasia (Brill, 2016) by Joo-Yup Lee (University of Toronto).

“This is the first book to comprehensively cover the emergence of Kazakh identities within the broader cultural and political context of Central Eurasia. It avoids the pitfall of projecting national identity back in time, and shows what early Kazakhs thought made them distinct from other groups. He brings places such as Ukraine through the Cossack Hetmanate into a much larger Central Eurasian world by focusing on a Central Eurasian institution (qazaqliq). Lee’s book is concise, very clearly written, engaging, and easy to read, even though it tackles a vast geographical area, a number of ethnic groups, and a premodern time period with which many people are not familiar. The work is incredibly impressive in terms of the breadth of research and the multilingual nature of the sources, both primary and secondary. It is a true exemplar of Central Eurasian studies, tracing a Central Asian institution (ambitious brigandage) as far west as Ukraine (the Cossack Hetmanate). It is also provocative – and Lee is clear about where his arguments and interpretations are building on or conflicting with the interpretations of other scholars, which makes it a welcome addition to the field.”
-The 2017 CESS Book Award Committee

2017 Book Award (History & the Humanities) Shortlist

The 2017 Book Award Committee included: Jesse Driscoll; Maya Peterson; and Wendell Schwab; and David Montgomery acting as the non-voting chair.

Brophy, David. 2016. Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Epkenhans, Tim. 2016. The Origins of the Civil War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Gould, Rebecca. 2016. Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Jacobson-Tepfer, Esther. 2015. The Hunter, the Stag, and the Mother of Animals: Image, Monument, and Landscape in Ancient North Asia. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kassymbekova, Botakoz. 2016. Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press.

Khalid, Adeeb. 2015. Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Lee, Joo-Yup. 2016. Qazaqlïq, or Ambitious Brigandage, and the Formation of the Qazaqs: State and Identity in Post-Mongol Central Eurasia. Leiden: Brill.

Nunan, Timothy. 2016. Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Scott, Erik R. 2016. Familiar Strangers: The Georgian Diaspora and the Evolution of Soviet Empire. New York: Oxford University Press.

2016 Book Award (Social Sciences) Winner

Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States (Cambridge, 2015) by Jesse Driscoll (University of California – San Diego).

“This book is valuable not only for its central argument about warlords as state-builders, but for its extremely detailed account of how warlords and supporters operate: their beliefs, motivations, strategies, and methods, both current and historical”

“Driscoll develops a game theoretic model that seeks to explain why actors behave the way they do. In this way, the book makes an enduring contribution to theory… He takes this a step further and embarks on ethnographic work that allows him to discuss causal mechanisms in a way that is extremely sensitive to the region…”

“It is a book that will endure through the years, making a foundational contribution to our understanding of why civil conflicts end… This book reflects outstanding scholarship.”

-The 2016 CESS Book Award Committee


All Book Award Winners

2017 – History & the Humanities

Joo-Yup Lee // Qazaqliq, or Ambitious Brigandage, and the Formation of the Qazaqs: State and Identity in Post-Mongol Central Eurasia. Brill, 2016.

2016 – Social Sciences

Jesse Driscoll // Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

2014 – Social Sciences

Morgan Liu // Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012.

2013 – History & the Humanities

Patricia Crone // The Nativist Prophets of Early Islamic Iran: Rural Revolt and Local Zoroastrianism. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

2012 – Social Sciences

Johan Rasanayagam // Islam in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan: The Morality of Experience. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

2011 – History & the Humanities

Paul Stronski // Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.

2010 – Social Sciences

Laura Adams // The Spectacular State: Culture and National Identity in Uzbekistan. Duke University Press, 2010.

2009 – History & the Humanities

Jeff Sahadeo // Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923. Indiana University Press, 2007.

2008 – Social Sciences

Kathleen Collins // Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

2007 – History & the Humanities

Marianne Kamp // The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism. University of Washington Press, 2006.

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