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Engel Wins Prestigious History Book Prize, Elected to SHAFR

January 16, 2009

EngelJeffrey A. Engel, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, won the Paul Birdsall Prize in European Military and Strategic History for his book Cold War at 30,000 Feet: the Anglo-American Fight for Aviation Supremacy, published in 2007 by Harvard University Press.

The Birdsall Prize is awarded biennially by the American Historical Association (AHA) to recognize the most important work in the past two years on European military or strategic history since 1870. Cold War at 30,000 Feet details the struggle between the U.S. and Great Britain to gain supremacy in the field of commercial aviation after World War II, and is based on extensive research done in both American and British archives.

Engel received the prize on January 3, 2009, at the AHA annual meeting held in New York City. Currently serving as interim director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Engel is the Evelyn and Ed F. Kruse ’49 Faculty Fellow at the Bush School. 

Engel also was elected to the Executive Council for the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the principal professional organization for scholars of American diplomatic history.  He will serve a three year term beginning in January, joining colleagues from universities and colleges around the nation, including the Universities of Wisconsin and Colorado and Florida Atlantic University.

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