Albert B. Corey Prize Recipients
The Albert B. Corey Prize, awarded for the first time in 1967, is sponsored jointly by the American Historical Association and the Canadian Historical Association. This biennial prize is awarded in even numbered years for the best book on Canadian-American relations or on the history of both countries. The prize was approved in 1963 by the Councils of both Associations in honor of Albert B. Corey (1898–1963), one-time chair of the American section of the AHA-CHA Joint Committee, who first proposed such an award to encourage the study of Canadian-US relations. The awarding of the prize was formally ratified in 1966, after funding for the prize was secured.
2016 Corey Prize
Robert MacDougall, University of Western Ontario (Western University)
The People’s Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press)
MacDougall deploys comparative and transnational theoretical frames to trace the struggle between local telephone operators and the Bell system that eventually (but not inevitably) came to dominate telecommunications in both Canada and the US. The author’s great achievement is to connect business history, technology history and the history of state expansion and regulatory power, while also connecting readers to the wonder of a technology that changed the meaning of time, space and scale.