History Shorts: Natalie Zemon Davis Wins Norway’s Holberg Prize

American Historian Wins Norway’s Holberg Prize

Source: NYT, 6-10-10

The historian Natalie Zemon Davis, probably best known for her work “The Return of Martin Guerre,” which was made into a 1982 film with Gérard Depardieu, won Norway’s 4.5 million kroner ($680,000) Holberg Prize on Wednesday for her narrative approach to history, The Associated Press reported.

The awards committee said that Professor Davis, now 81, won for showing “how particular events can be narrated and analyzed so as to reveal deeper historical tendencies and underlying patterns of thought and action.” Professor Davis helped to create what is known  as  “microhistory,” which attempts to investigate historical themes through individual episodes.

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