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.
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.