Kolby Reinke (MA Program in War and Society Studies)

Kolby Reinke, a first-year graduate student in the MA Program in War and Society Studies, won the best original history paper in the master’s category at the Eleventh Annual Texas A&M History Graduate Student Conference this month. The award was decided by the Texas A&M History Graduate Student Organization.

Reinke’s paper “‘Her Crisis Our Crisis’: Joseph Chamberlain’s Tariff Reform League and the Cultural Memory of German Industrial Expansion in Edwardian England” took top honors at the highly competitive conference.

According to Reinke, “Chamberlain and his followers, composed primarily of protectionist politicians and business elite, believed the British Empire was entering a state of decline and needed a drastic shift in policy if the great power hoped to reassert global dominance.” The paper analyzed these protectionist beliefs in the context of their proponents’ interpretations of the past and provided a deeper understanding of the importance of cultural memory when studying political and economic tensions at an international level.

Professor Gregory Daddis, director of the War and Society program, was thrilled by the announcement. “Kolby is a wonderful representative of our MA program and the entire Chapman community,’ Daddis shared. “He’s a superb young scholar and has an incredibly bright future ahead of him. We’re so happy that he’s part of our program and the university!”

During the conference, Reinke also had the opportunity to visit the George HW Bush Presidential Library and earned a cash prize as part of his award. His travel was funded, in part, by a grant through Wilkinson College.