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Leslie Tuttle
Leslie Tuttle

Byron Caldwell Smith Award Lecture:  "Making Babies, Making the Nation-State: The Case of Pre-Revolutionary France"
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Tue., Sep. 13, 2011, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Hall

The Byron Caldwell Smith Book Award is offered each year to honor an outstanding work of scholarship or creative literature authored by a Kansas resident during the previous two years. Although 2011 saw a field of very strong submissions, the judging committee unanimously selected Leslie Tuttle, an Associate Professor of History at KU, to receive the award for Conceiving the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France (Oxford University Press).

The committee was deeply impressed by Tuttle's scholarship and writing abilities. "Tuttle writes beautifully...weaving the stories of specific individuals into the well-constructed narrative. We were all impressed by the liveliness of Tuttle's prose throughout the book, and the way that she showed how her topic from Early Modern French history could be easily related to current events." A committee member added, "It is a fine work of historical scholarship, carefully researched in a wide range of sources, and engagingly written."

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