Saturday, December 6, 2008

Exciting News, via Celia Chazelle

Exciting news!

Two historians--Princeton's Peter Robert Lamont Brown and Romila
Thapar, emeritus professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University--will share
the Library of Congress's $1 million Kluge Prize. The award "honors
lifetime achievement in studies not covered by the Nobel, including
history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion,
criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics."

Brown, called among "the greatest historians of the last three
centuries," is best-known for his book The World of Late Antiquity
(Norton) and The Rise of Western Christendom (Wiley-Blackwell), while
Thapar's A History of India (Penguin) and Early India (U. of
California Press) "were breakthrough works, replacing a static view
of Indian traditions with one that featured the dynamic interplay of
political, economic, social, religious and other factors, the library

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