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NIAS books nominated for Dutch Libris History Award 2010

The Libris History Award 2010 will be awarded for the best historical book of 2010 during the award ceremony Nacht van de Geschiedenis (Night of History) on 23 October. Two of the five nominees are former NIAS Fellows: Els Kloek and David van Reybrouck.

Els Kloek, NIAS Fellow in 1997/98, is nominated for her book Vrouw des Huizes. Een cultuurgeschiedenis van de Hollandse huisvrouw (The woman of the house. A cultural history of the Dutch housewife).

David van Reybrouck, Writer- in-Residence at NIAS in 2007/08, is nominated for Congo. Een geschiedenis (Congo. A history).

The Award selects historical books that appeal to a broad public. The criteria are that the book has an original subject, reads well and is based on substantial historical research. The Award consists of a cheque for € 20,000. The Libris History Award is initiated by the Historisch Nieuwsblad (Historical Journal), Libris, the Nationaal Historisch Museum (the Dutch National History Museum), the public broadcaster NTR, the newspaper de Volkskrant and the television broadcaster VPRO.