Senior David Wemer's paper garners national prize

Gettysburg College student earns Raymond J. Cunningham Prize

A Gettysburg College senior has been awarded the top prize for undergraduate research by the oldest and largest professional organization for historians in the U.S. 

David Wemer ’14 is the recipient of the highly competitive Raymond J. Cunningham Prize, awarded by the American Historical Association (AHA) for the best article written by an undergraduate student and published in a history journal. The prize will be awarded at the annual meeting of the AHA in Washington, DC in January 2014.

Wemer’s work, “Europe’s Little Tiger? Reassessing Economic Transition in Slovakia Under the Meciar Government 1993–1998, ” looks at economic policies under Vladimir Meciar, the first prime minister of independent Slovakia. 

“When the Iron Curtain fell in the early ’90s, Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar resisted western economists’ advice to switch rapidly to a capitalist economy. Without apologizing for Meciar’s strongman tactics, David Wemer’s eye-opening and provocative paper takes on the economic literature about Slovakia’s post-communist economy,” said Cindy Hahamovitch, a professor at the College of William and Mary and head of the AHA Cunningham Prize review committee.


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