Prestigious book prize awarded to Professor Benjamin Ziemann

A book by Benjamin Ziemann on the practices of killing and patterns of survival in the German army during the Great War has been awarded a prestigious book prize.

Gewalt im Ersten Weltkrieg

A book on the First World War ‘anyone should read’

Prof Benjamin Ziemann

Professor Benjamin Ziemann in the History Department has been awarded the book prize by Geisteswissenschaften International in 2015. This award is jointly organised by the Association of German Booksellers, the German Authors’ Licensing Agency, the German Foreign Office and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The jury has selected Ziemann’s book Gewalt im Ersten Weltkrieg. Töten-Überleben-Verweigern, first published with Klartext Verlag in 2013, as one of the few books from the humanities that will receive funding to facilitate the publication of an English translation. The book has received ample positive coverage in German national newspapers and was praised by Dieter Langewiesche in the Historische Zeitschrift - ‘anyone who is studying the First World War and its aftermath should read [this book].’

The English translation will be published in 2017 with Bloomsbury Academic under the title Violence and the German Soldier in the Great War: Killing-Dying-Surviving. This is the second time that Benjamin Ziemann has been the recipient of this award: his book on the ‘scientization’ of the Catholic Church, also the recipient of the book prize awarded by H-Soz-u-Kult as a runner-up, received the prize by Geisteswissenschaften International in 2011 and was published as Encounters with Modernity. The Catholic Church in West Germany, 1945-1975 (New York. Oxford, 2014).

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