2009 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize
The 2009 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize was awarded to Laurie Manchester, for Holy Fathers, Secular Sons: Clergy, Intelligentsia and the Modern Self in Revolutionary Russia published by Northern Illinois University Press.
Combining sociological and anthropological analysis, intellectual history, and insights drawn from reading personal texts, Manchester identifies and describes the group ethos of the popovichi (the sons of Orthodox clergymen), showing that their moral values, social loyalties, and ambivalent identities played a large role in Russia’s uneasy transition into the modern world after the Great Reforms of the 1860s. This carefully researched, beautifully written, and highly original book prompts us to rethink such issues as the formation of the intelligentsia, the secularization of educated society, and the rise of modern selfhood in post reform Russia.
Peter Andreas received an honorable mention for Blue Helmets and Black Markets: The Business of Survival in the Siege of Sarajevo published by Cornell University Press.