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 2014 will be eligible for the 2015 competition.
- Nominators must complete the online Data Collection Form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each of the following committee members and clearly marked “Forkosch Award Entry.” Electronic copies may be sent only to committee members who have indicated they will accept them.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked or transmitted by May 15, 2015, to be eligible for the 2015 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced at the January 2016 AHA annual meeting in Atlanta.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Review committee contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
2014 Forkosch Prize
Deborah Cohen, Northwestern Univ.
Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain (Oxford Univ. Press)
This is an astoundingly original book that provides great insight into the intimate workings of families in modern Britain. Utilizing rich archival sources like diaries and clinical records, Cohen dissects why some Britons revealed secrets while others obscured them. Examining topics as diverse as mixed-race children and the treatment of mental disability to illegitimacy and homosexuality, Cohen showcases the complexities of familial shame and revelation while brilliantly charting the uneven rise of contemporary confessional cultures.