Thomas Barton’s book, Contested Treasure: Jews and Authority in the Crown of Aragon (Penn State, 2015), has won the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for the best book on medieval or early modern history and culture published in 2015 or 2016. The Jordan Schnitzer Book Award was established in 2008 by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation to honor scholars whose work embodies the best in the field: rigorous research, theoretical sophistication, innovative methodology, and excellent writing. It is administered by the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), a learned and professional organization whose mission is to advance research and teaching in Jewish Studies at colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning, and foster greater understanding of Jewish Studies scholarship among the wider public. Last year, Barton’s book received the Best First Book Award from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, which considered all first monographs in Iberian history (from ancient to modern) in English, Spanish, and Portuguese over a three-year period (2013-2015).
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