Morris D. Forkosch Prize
The American Historical Association offers the Morris D. Forkosch Prize annually in recognition of the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485. Submission of books relating to the shared common law heritage of the English-speaking world are particularly encouraged in memory of the late Professor Forkosch’s contributions to the field of legal studies and legal history. The general rules for submission are:
- Books with an imprint of 2013 will be eligible for the 2014 competition.
- In addition to sending a copy of each prize entry to members of the selection committee, please complete the Data Collection Form and include information about each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members. Entries must be postmarked by or on MAY 15, 2014, to be eligible for the 2014 competition.
Contact information for judges will be posted by March 30, 2014.
Please Note: The deadline for submission of entries is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2–5, 2015, AHA annual meeting in New York City.
Important! Each entry must be clearly labeled “Forkosch Award Entry.”
For questions, please contact the Book Prize Administrator, or write to the AHA at the following address (please note that prize entries are not mailed to the AHA; rather, to committee members): American Historical Association, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003-3889.
2013 Forkosch Prize
Jordanna Bailkin, Univ. of Washington
The Afterlife of Empire (Univ. of California Press)
The Afterlife of Empire is an ambitious and illuminating book, based upon pioneering archival research, which recasts our understanding of post-1945 British society. Integrating histories—the postwar welfare state, colonial retreat, the rise of a cadre of experts—which have often been told separately, Bailkin demonstrates that decolonization was a personal process for the British as much as it was a diplomatic one: it transformed daily life and the ways in which people conceived of their relationships.