The purpose of the Nordic History Book Award is to stimulate historical interest in the Nordic region. It will be given to the author of the most innovative and thoughtful historical recent work in Nordic history published in the period since the last Congress of Nordic Historians (2014-2017).
The Award was initiated by the Committee of Nordic Historians, consisting of representatives of the national historical associations, in collaboration with the Scandinavian Journal of History. Authors and publishing houses have until May 2017 been able to nominate books about Nordic history. Nordic history is in this respect defined as the history of the Nordic region (in other words: the history of one Nordic country does not apply), and there have been no limitations regarding topics or historical periods. It has been possible to submit monographs and edited volumes as well as books written in the Nordic languages or in English, German, or French.
13 works were nominated by deadline.
The assessment committee consists of:
- Peter Stadius, the Centre for Nordic Studies (CENS), University of Helsinki, Finland
- Ruth Hemstad, The National Library of Norway/Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo, Norway
- Hrefna Róbertsdóttir, the National Archives of Iceland, Reykjvaik, Iceland
The Award winner will be invited to the Congress and the name officially announced at the Conference Banquet on 17 August 2017. The Award consists of a diploma and 5,000 DKK and will be presented by the rector of Aalborg University, Per Michael Johansen.