The history department congratulates Kenneth Pomeranz on winning the 2021 Toynbee Prize, which is awarded biennially to a social scientist who has made significant contributions to the study of global history. Pomeranz will deliver the Toynbee Prize Lecture and formally accept the award in January at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.
In its award announcement, the Toynbee Prize Foundation Board of Trustees praised Pomeranz's scholarship. "No historian has done more than Ken Pomeranz to open up the possibilities of comparison and connection on a global scale," wrote David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University. "The Great Divergence not only provincialized the history of the West as seen from China: it opened up a new periodization for world history and showed the possibilities for mutual interaction between historians of distinct regions that have burgeoned in the decades since its publication. Few historians have done more to shift the direction of their discipline; still fewer have changed global discussion of the comparative fortunes of world regions more generally."
Pomeranz is a University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College. Another member of the history faculty, Dipesh Chakrabarty, won the Toynbee Prize in 2014.