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.
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.