The winner of the second of this years Prince of Asturias Awards is the French historian Joseph Perez. He was one of 25 different nominations from 12 countries in the Social Sciences category.
In presenting him with the award the president of the jury said the winner’s work has revolutionised our way of interpreting episodes that are crucial for understanding the history of the West and Spanish American independence and had enriched the analysis of European history.
Joseph Perez was born in the south of France near the Spanish border. In 1955 he began his career as a lecturer and in 1970 completed his doctoral thesis which studied the Revolt of the Comuneros. It remains to this day one of the leading scholarly books on the topics.
His works have contributed to dismantling many prejudices about the institutions and conflicts of the time.
The 83-year-old has worked to spread French and Spanish culture in both directions and founded La Maison des Pays Iberiques a centre for Spanish culture in France.