The "Duke d'Arenberg History Prizes" are literary awards given every two years since 1992 by the Arenberg Foundation to reward excellence and innovation in exploring Europe’s history, culture, and thought. Works that are original in their approach, have a wide scope, are both readable and scholarly, as well as are accessible to a wide public are eligible for submission.

The Arenberg European History Prize

Worth 4,000 Euros to the winning author, the Arenberg European History Prize is awarded to the best work that sheds new light on Europe’s history. The Prize Committee will look particularly favourably on works relating to the former Seventeen Provinces of the Low Countries, the territories of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (and to the Rhineland and Westphalia in particular), and northern France and that have a comparative approach. The prize is also open to works that use the tools of the historian to inspire debate about Europe’s present and future.

The House of Arenberg History Prize

The House of Arenberg History Prize comes with a cash award of 1,000 Euros and is awarded to the best work that makes use of archival collections relating to the House of Arenberg, in particular those located in Arras, Brussels, Cambrai, Koblenz, Douai, Düsseldorf, Enghien, Louvain, Osnabrück, Paris, Salzburg, and Vienna.


Palais des Académies, Brussels

Palais des Académies, Brussels


Past Events

14 September 2002

VIth Prizes for History "Duke d'Arenberg"

The 2002 laureates of the "Duke d'Arenberg" History Prizes are Prof. Dr. Wim Blockmans, Leiden and Mr. Michael Schmidt, Bentheim, Emsland. Minister of State prof. dr. Mark Eyskens gave a conference in the old stables of the castle of Enghien about ‘The future of Europe’.

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Prizes History Prizes "Duke d'Arenberg"