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 a copyright of 2016 will be eligible for the 2017 competition.
- Nominators must complete an online prize submission form for each book submitted.
- One copy of each entry must be sent to each committee member and clearly marked “Forkosch Award Entry.” Print copies preferred unless otherwise indicated. If only e-copy is available, please contact review committee members beforehand to arrange submission format.
Please Note: Entries must be received by May 15, 2017, to be eligible for the 2017 competition. Entries will not be returned. Recipients will be announced on the AHA website in October 2017 and recognized during a ceremony at the January 2018 AHA annual meeting in Washington, DC.
For questions, please contact the Prize Administrator.
Contact Information for Committee Members
Send one copy to each committee member and complete the prize submission form (above).
2016 Forkosch Prize
R. F. Foster, Hertford College, University of Oxford
Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890–1923 (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Foster’s fresh vision of Ireland’s Easter Rising in 1916, and how this might be reconceptualized in the wider political context of British rule in the age of empire, is deeply impressive. He characterizes a remarkable generation of idealists and activists who found inspiration in new approaches to politics, love, art, theater, education, and belief. The book is deeply grounded in the archive, including personal letters and diaries, and is conceptually ambitious in its structure. The panel found its command of the broad picture and telling detail both accessible and masterly.