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Subject Guide: History: Award-winning Books - Royal Historical Society

The Gladstone History Book Prize

This prize is for a history book published in Britain on any topic that must be its author's first solely written book on a historical subject which is not primarily related to British history. For more information about the Royal Historical Society, sponsors of this award, click here.

2020  A history of the Roman Equestrian Order by Caillan Davenport
2019  Associative political culture in the Holy Roman Empire : Upper Germany, 1346-1521 by Duncan Hardy
2018  The fullness of time : temporalities of the fifteenth-century Low Countries by Matthew S. Champion
2017  From empire to exile : history and memory within the pied-noir and harki communities, 1962-2012 by Claire Eldridge
2016  Political thought and the public sphere in Tanzania by Emma Hunter
2015  Interlopers of empire : the Lebanese diaspora in Colonial French West Africa by Andrew Arsan and The age of the Efendiyya : passages to modernity in national-colonial Egypt by Lucie Ryzova
2013  Freedom's price : serfdom, subjection and reform in Prussia, 1648-1848 by Sean A. Eddie
2012  Working knowledge : making the human sciences from Parsons to Kuhn by Joel Isaac
2011  Experiencing war as the 'enemy other' : Italian Scottish experience in World War II by Wendy Ugolini
2010  Settler society in the English Leeward Islands, c.1670-1776 by Natalie Zacek
2009  Legal practice and the written word in the early Middle Ages : Frankish formulae, c.500-1000 by Alice Rio
2008  Bonds of blood : gender, lifecycle and sacrifice in Aztec culture by Caroline Dodds-Pennock
2007  The great Partition : the making of India and Pakistan by Yasmin Khan; Information and communication in Venice by Filippo De Vivo (runner up)
2006  The justice of Venice : authorities and liberties in the urban economy, 1550-1700 by James E. Shaw
2005  German strategy and the path to Verdun : Erich von Falkenhayn and the development of attrition, 1870-1850 by Robert Foley
2004  Hitler's prisons : legal terror in Nazi Germany by Nikolaus Wachsmann
2003  Hindu kingship and polity in precolonial India by Norbert Peabody and From Reich to State : the Rhineland in the Revolutionary Age, 1780-1830 by Michael Rowe
2002  Soldier and peasant in French popular culture, 1766-1870 by David Hopkin and The dynastic state and the army under Louis XIV by Guy Rowlands
2001  At the gate of Christendom : Jews, Muslims and "pagans" in medieval Hungary, c.1000-c.1300 by Nora Berend
2000  State and society in the Middle Ages : the middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000 by Matthew Innes
1999  Who paid the piper? : the CIA and the cultural cold war by Frances Stonor Saunders
1998  The death of the KPD : Communism and anti-Communism in West Germany, 1945-1956 by Patrick Major
1997  Thinking with demons : the idea of witchcraft in early modern Europe by Stuart Clark

The Whitfield Book Prize
This prize is for a new book on British or Irish history. For more information about The Royal Historical Society, sponsors of this award, click here.

2020  Ireland and the Great War : a social and political history by Niamh Gallagher
2019  Beyond slavery and abolition : Black British writing, c.1770-1830 by Ryan Hanley
2018  Communications and British operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918 by Brian N. Hall
2017  The smoke of London : energy and environment in the early modern city by William M. Cavert and The shape of the state in medieval Scotland, 1124-1290 by Alice Taylor
2016  Princely education in early modern Britain by Aysha Pollnitz
2015  Officers and accountability in medieval England 1170-1300 by John Sabapathy; Ireland and the Irish in interwar England by Mo Moulton
2013  Making toleration : the repealers and the Glorious Revolution by Scott Sowerby
2012  The politics of gender in Victorian Britain : masculinity, political culture and the struggle for women's rights by Ben Griffin
2011  Godly kingship in Restoration England : the politics of the Royal Supremacy, 1660-1688 by Jacqueline Rose
2010  The art of hearing : English preachers and their audiences, 1590-1640 by Dr. Arnold Hunt
2009  The price of emancipation : slave-ownership, compensation and British society at the end of slavery by Nicholas Draper
2008  George Canning and liberal Toryism, 1801-1827 by Stephen M. Lee, jointly with Free trade nation : commerce, consumption and civil society in modern Britain by Frank Trentmann
2007  The earls of Mercia : lordship and power in late Anglo-Saxon England by Stephen Baxter, jointly with The idea of greater Britain : empire and the future of world order, 1860-1900 by Duncan Bell
2006  Birth control, sex and marriage in Britain, 1918-1960 by Kate Fisher
2005  Queer London by Matt Houlbrooke
2004  Making English morals : voluntary association and moral reform in England, 1787-1886 by M. J. D. Roberts
2003  Patterns of piety : women, gender and religion in late medieval and Reformation England by Christine Peters
2002  Popular politics and the English Reformation by Ethan H. Shagan
2001  God's house at Ewelme : life, devotion and architecture in a fifteenth-century almshouse by John Goodall; and Building on ruins : the rediscovery of Rome and English architecture by Frank Salmon
2000  Oral and literate culture in England, 1500-1700 by Adam Fox
1999  Understanding popular violence in the English revolution : the Colchester plunderers by John Walter
1998  The gentleman's daughter: women’s lives in Georgian England by Amanda Vickery
1997  Domestic biography : the legacy of evangelicalism in four nineteenth-century families by Christopher Tolley
1996  Youth and authority : formative experience in England, 1560-1640 by Paul D. Griffiths
1995  The sense of the people : politics, culture and imperialism in England, 1715-1785 by Kathleen Wilson
1994  The hanging tree : execution and the English people, 1770-1868 by V. A. C. Gatrell
1993  Commoners : common right, enclosure and social change in England, 1700-1820 by Jeanette M. Neeson
1992  Locality and polity : a study of Warwickshire landed society, 1401-1499 by Christine Carpenter
1991  Cheap print and popular piety, 1550-1640 by Tessa Watt
1990  Political change and the Labour party, 1900-1918 Duncan M. Tanner
1989  Medieval Westminster, 1200-1540 by Gervase Rosser
1988  Reforming London : the London government problem, 1855-1900 by J. H. Davis
1987  Criticism and compliment : the politics of literature in the England of Charles I by Kevin M. Sharpe
1986  Suffolk and the Tudors : politics and religion in an English county, 1500-1600 by Diarmaid MacCulloch
1985  Annals of the labouring poor : social change and agrarian England, 1660-1900 by K. D. M. Snell
1984  Methodism and politics in British society, 1750-1850 by David Hempton
1983  The English alehouse : a social history, 1200-1830 by Peter Clark
1982  Faith by statute : Parliament and the settlement of religion, 1559 by Norman L. Jones
1981  The Pilgrimage of Grace in the Lake Counties, 1536-7 by Scott M. Harrison
1980  The Parliamentary agents : a history by D. L. Rydz
1979  Denzil Holles, 1598-1680 : a study of his political career by Patricia Crawford
1978  The Queen's two bodies : drama and the Elizabethan succession by Marie Axton
1977  John Burns by K. D. Brown