Morris D. Forkosch Prize Recipients
The Morris D. Forkosch Prize is offered annually in recognition of the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history. It replaces the Robert Livingston Schuyler Prize covering the same fields. 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.
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.