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.
The deadline for this year’s submissions has passed.
Contact information for the next prize year will be posted by March 31.
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.