December 11, 2011

Helmut Schmidt Prize in German-American Economic History Awarded to Charles S. Maier

The German Historical Institute in Washington is pleased to announce that it has awarded the 2011 Helmut Schmidt Prize in German-American Economic History to Professor Charles S. Maier of Harvard University.

Professor Maier's large and wide-ranging oeuvre comprises several books that have become classics, including Recasting Bourgeois Europe (1975), The Marshall Plan and Germany (1991), and Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany (1997). These works have influenced several generations of students all over the world. Maier is Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University. Among his recent publications is Among Empires: American Ascendancy and its Predecessors (Harvard University Press, 2006).

The prize was awarded at the German Historical Institute in Washington on December 8, 2011. Professor Maier delivered a lecture on the topic "Lessons from history? German economic experiences and the crisis of the Euro."

The Helmut Schmidt Prize pays tribute to the former German chancellor for his part in transforming the framework of transatlantic economic cooperation. The Prize is awarded every second year. Since 2007 it is generously sponsored by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

The Helmut Schmidt Prize is being awarded for the fourth time. The first three honorees were Professors Harold James (Princeton University), Volker Berghahn (Columbia University), and Richard Tilly (University of Münster).