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Georgetown Historian Wins Prestigious Latin America Book Prize

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John Tutino

January 29, 2013 – Georgetown historian John Tutino has been awarded this year’s Bolton-Johnson Book Prize for Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America (Duke University Press, 2011).

Tutino, associate professor in the School of Foreign Service, received the honor during the Conference on Latin American History’s annual meeting Jan. 3-6 in New Orleans.

The prize is awarded each year for the best book published in English on the history of Latin America.

Tutino’s book examines the role of the Americas in early world trade and the conflicts reconfiguring global power. He analyzes the political economy, social relations and cultural conflicts of the central Mexico regions of Bajío and Spanish North America from 1500 to 1800. He also looks at the tensions that led to the area’s collapse into revolution in 1810.

“I think it is fair to say that the Bolton-Johnson Prize is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a book written in English on the history of Latin America,” Tutino says. “To me, the prize means that my book has been chosen as outstanding by my colleagues in the field to which I have devoted my career. It acknowledges decades of work.”

This is the second prestigious award Tutino has received for Making a New World. Last year, he won the 2012 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award from the Social Science History Association for the outstanding book in social science history.