Joseph Levenson Book Prize

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Joseph Levenson Book Prize is awarded each year in memory of Joseph R. Levenson by the Association for Asian Studies to two English-language books, one whose main focus is on China before 1900 and the other for works on post-1900 China. According to the association, the prize criteria is whether the book is "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China." While the association does not limit the discipline or period of the work, it won't consider anthologies, edited works, and pamphlets. Based on the scholarly interests of Levenson, the association gives special consideration to books that "promote the relevance of scholarship on China to the wider world of intellectual discourse."[1]

Other prizes awarded by the AAS include the John Whitney Hall Book Prize for works on Japan, and other prizes for books on China include John K. Fairbank Prize given by the American Historical Association.

List of awards

Year Category Recipient Titles Publisher
1987 Pre-20th Frederic Wakeman Jr. The Great Enterprise: The Manchu Reconstruction of Imperial Order in Seventeenth Century China University of California 1985
1987 20th Andrew J. Nathan Chinese Democracy Alfred A. Knopf, 1985
1988 Pre-20th Robert P. Hymes Statesmen and Gentlemen : the Elite of Fu-chou, Chiang-hsi, in Northern and Southern Sung Cambridge University 1986
1988 20th Andrew G. Walder Communist Neo-traditionalism: Work and Authority in Chinese Industry University of California 1986
1989 Pre-20th Andrew H. Plaks The Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel = Ssu Ta Ch'i-shu Princeton University 1987
1989 20th Joseph W. Esherick The Origins of the Boxer Uprising University of California 1987
1989 Honorable Mention, Pre-20th R. Kent Guy The Emperor's Four Treasuries: Scholars and the State in the Late Ch'ien-lung Era Harvard University 1987
1990 Pre-20th Patrick Hanan The Invention of Li yu Harvard University 1988
1990 20th Prasenjit Duara Culture, Power, and the State: Rural North China, 1900-1942 Stanford University 1988
1990 Honorable mention, pre-20th Jerry Norman Chinese Cambridge University 1988
1991 Pre-20th Wu Hung The Wu Liang Shrine: the Ideology of Early Chinese Pictorial Art Stanford University 1989
1991 20th David Strand Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s University of California 1989
1991 Honorable mention, 20th Melvyn C. Goldstein A History of Modern Tibet, 1913-1951 University of California 1989
1992 Pre-20th Philip A. Kuhn Soulstealers: the Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768 Harvard University 1990
1992 20th Philip C. Huang The Peasant Family and Rural Development in the Yangzi Delta, 1350-1988 Stanford University 1990
1993 Pre-20th Martin J. Powers Art & Political Exion in Early China Yale University 1991
1993 20th Edward Friedman Paul G. Pickowicz, Mark Selden Chinese Village, Socialist State Yale University 1991
1994 Pre-20th Jing Wang The Story of Stone: Intertextuality, Ancient Chinese Stone Lore, and the Stone Symbolism in Dream of the Red Chamber, Water Margin, and the Journey to the West Duke University 1992
1994 Pre-20th Zhang Longxi The Tao and the Logos: Literary Hermeneutics, East and West Duke University 1992
1994 20th Gregor Benton Mountain Fires: the Red Army's Three-year War in South China, 1934-1938 University of California 1992
1995 Pre-20th Patricia Buckley Ebrey The Inner Quarters: Marriage and the Lives of Chinese Women in the Sung Period University of California 1993
1995 20th Vaclav Smil China's Environmental Crisis: an Inquiry into the Limits of National Development M. E. Sharpe, 1993
1996 20th Julia Frances Andrews Painters and Politics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1979 University of California 1994
1997 Pre-20th James L. Hevia Cherishing Men from Afar: Qing Guest Ritual and the Macartney Embassy of 1793 Duke University 1995
1997 20th R. Keith Schoppa Blood Road: the Mystery of Shen Dingyi in Revolutionary China University of California 1995
1998 Pre-20th Maggie Bickford Ink Plum: the Making of a Chinese Scholar-painting Genre Cambridge University 1996
1998 20th John Fitzgerald Awakening China: Politics, Culture, and Class in the Nationalist Revolution Stanford University 1996
1999 Pre-20th Susan Mann Precious Records: Women in China's Long Eighteenth Century Stanford 1997
1999 20th Roderick MacFarquhar The Origins of the Cultural Revolution 3: the Coming of the Cataclysm 1961-1966 Columbia University 1997
2000 Pre-20th Timothy Brook The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China University of California 1998
2000 20th Lynn T. White, III Unstately Power, Vol. II: Local Causes of China's Intellectual, Legal, and Governmental Reforms M. E. Sharpe, 1998
2001 Pre-20th Pamela Kyle Crossley A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology University of California 1999
2001 20th Dorothy J. Solinger Contesting Citizenship in Urban China: Peasant Migrants, the State, and the Logic of the Market University of California 1999
2002 Pre-1900 Lothar Ledderose Ten Thousand Things: Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art Princeton University 2000
2002 Post-1900 Edward J. M. Rhoads Manchus & Han: Ethnic Relations and Political Power in Late Qing and Early Republican China, 1861-1928 University of Washington 2000
2003 Pre-1900 David Schaberg A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography Harvard University Asia Center, 2001
2003 Post-1900 Lucien Bianco Peasants Without the Party: Grass-root Movements in 20th-century China M.E. Sharpe, 2001
2004 Pre-1900 Robert P. Hymes Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China University of California 2002
2004 Post-1900 Geremie Barmé An Artistic Exile: a Life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975) University of California 2002
2005 Pre-1900 John Makeham Transmitters and Creators: Chinese Commentators and Commentaries on the Analects Harvard University Asia Center, 2003
2005 Post 1900 Yunxiang Yan Private Life under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999 Stanford University 2003
2006 Pre-1900 Antonia Finnane Speaking of Yangzhou: a Chinese City, 1550-1850 Harvard University Asia Center, 2004
2006 Post-1900 Ruth Rogaski Hygienic Modernity: Meanings of Health and Disease in Treaty-port China University of California 2004
2007 Pre-1900 Peter C. Perdue China Marches West: the Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia Harvard University 2005
2007 Post 1900 Michael Dutton Policing Chinese Politics: a History Duke University 2005
2008 Pre-1900 Martin J. Powers Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China Harvard University Asia Center, 2006
2008 Post-1900 Sherman Cochran Chinese Medicine Men: Consumer Culture in China and Southeast Asia Harvard University 2006
2009 Pre-1900 Anthony J. Barbieri-Low Artisans in Early Imperial China University of Washington 2007
2009 Post-1900 Haiyan Lee Revolution of the Heart: a Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 Stanford University 2007
2010 Pre-1900 Robert E. Harrist The Landscape of Words: Stone Inscriptions in Early and Medieval China University of Washington 2008
2010 Post-1900 Susan Greenhalgh Just One Child: Science and Policy in Deng's China University of California 2008
2011 Post-1900 Jacob Eyferth Eating Rice from Bamboo Roots: the Social History of a Community of Artisans in Southwest China, 1920–2000 Harvard University Asia Center, 2009
2011 Pre-1900 Eugenio Menegon Ancestors, Virgins and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China Harvard University Asia Center, 2009
2012 Post-1900 Yomi Breaster Painting the City Red: Chinese Cinema and the Urban Contract Duke University 2010
2012 Pre-1900 Christopher M. B. Nugent Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China Harvard University Asia Center, 2010
2013 Pre-1900 Dagmar Schafer The Crafting of 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth Century China University of Chicago 2011
2013 Pre-1900 : Honorable Mention: K. E. Brashier Ancestral Memory in Early China Harvard University Asia Center, 2011
2013 Post-1900 Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer The Religious Question in Modern China University of Chicago 2011
2014 Pre-1900 Andrea Goldman Opera and the City: the Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770-1900 Stanford University 2012
2014 Post-1900 Joseph Allen Taipei: City of Displacements University of Washington 2012