The World War One Historical Association annual Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., prize for 2015 for the best work of history in English on World War One (1914-1918) has been won by Dr. James Lyon, author of Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914: The Outbreak of the Great War, (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015). Professor Lyon has studied the Balkans for over thirty-four years and currently works at the Austrian University of Graz's Center for Southeast European Studies.
The Tomlinson award winner is chosen by a panel chaired by Professor Dennis Showalter of Colorado College, a past President of the Society for Military History. Other panel members are Dr. Michael Neiberg, Professor at the US Army War College, and Graydon A. Tunstall, Senior Lecturer at the University of South Florida. The prize is made possible through a grant from Norman B. Tomlinson, Jr., Director-emeritus of The Western Front Association – United States Branch. (WFA-US became the World War One Historical Association – WW1HA – in 2011.)
The panel chose this book because it takes a new look at the critical Balkan front using the latest archival evidence. Panel members were impressed that Lyon takes a transnational approach to the subject, setting the Serbian front into an international context. Serbia and the Balkan Front, 1914 analyzes diplomatic, political, and military arenas to give the fullest picture yet of events on the Balkans, the true fulcrum of 1914.
Previous Tomlinson award winners, World War One centennial events and projects, and much more can be found at www.ww1ha.org.
James Lyon's Serbia and the Balkan front was published by Bloomsbury in July 2015. You can find out more about the book and purchase copies via the Bloomsbury website.