Historians Rewarded

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THE BRITISH ACADEMY, the national academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which is celebrating its centenary this year, awarded its first book prize in December 2001 for books which celebrate the best of accessible scholarly writing in the humanities and social science. Historians dominated throughout.

First prize was shared by Ian Kershaw, for Hitler: 1936-1945, Nemesis, the second volume of his biography, published by Penguin; and Rees Davies, for The First British Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093-1343 (Oxford UP).

The other shortlisted titles were Nicholas Boyle, Goethe; the Poet and the Age volume 2: Revolution and Renunciation (1790-1803) (Clarendon Press); David Lowenthal, George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation (University of Washington Press); Roy Porter, Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (Allen Lane); and Lisa Tickner, Modern Life and Modern Subjects: British Art in the Early Twentieth Century (Yale UP). …