Longman-History Today Book of the Year: The Longlist

Entries for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award opened last month. We received over 100 nominations, which we have now narrowed down to the following longlist of twenty books.

Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England, Thomas Penn (Allen Lane) 

Magpies, Squirrels and Thieves: How the Victorians Collected the World, Jacqueline Yallop (Atlantic Books) 

The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society, and Culture in Early Modern England, Naomi Tadmor (Cambridge University Press)

The Rule of Moderation: Violence, Religion and the Politics of Restraint in Early Modern England, Ethan H. Shagan (Cambridge University Press)

Children in the Roman Empire: Outsiders Within, Christian Laes (Cambridge University Press)

Sacred Violence: African Christians and Sectarian Hatred in the Age of Augustine, Brent D. Shaw (Cambridge University Press)

Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe, Craig Koslofsky (Cambridge University Press)

Shattering Empires: The Clash and Collapse of the Ottoman and Russian Empires 1908-1918, Michael A. Reynolds (Cambridge University Press)

The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852, Ciaran O Murchadha (Continuum)

Mission to China: Matteo Ricci and the Jesuit Encounter with the East, Mary Laven (Faber and Faber)

Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey, Rachel Hewitt (Granta Books)

Liberty's Exiles: The Loss of America and the Remaking of the British Empire, Maya Jasanoff (HarperPress)

The Castrato and His Wife, Helen Berry (Oxford University Press)

Being Soviet: Identity, Rumour, and Everyday Life under Stalin, Timothy Johnston (Oxford University Press)

Managing the Body: Beauty, Health, and Fitness in Britain 1880-1939, Ina Zweiniger-Bargielowska (Oxford University Press)

Hitler's Foreign Executioners: Europe's Dirty Secret, Christopher Hale (The History Press)

Reprobates: The Cavaliers of the English Civil War, John Stubbs (Viking)

The Unfinished Revolution: Making Sense of the Communist Past in Central-Eastern Europe, James Mark (Yale University Press)

Tibet: A History, Sam Van Schaik (Yale University Press)

Palmerston: A Biography, David Brown (Yale University Press)

The award is organised jointly by the publishers Longman and History Today to foster a wider understanding of, and enthusiasm for, history. A prize of £2,000 is given for an author’s first or second book, written in English, on any aspect of history. The winning book will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history and will display innovative research and interpretation in its field. Books must have been published during the year October 1st, 2010 to September 30th, 2011.

A shortlist will be announced in December.