The winners of the prizes in the Longman History-Today awards 1999 are announced.
This year's Longman-History Today Book Of The Year Prize has been shared between Amanda Vickery, for her book The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England, and Michael Richards, author of A Time of Silence: Civil War and the Culture of Repression in Franco's Spain 1936-1945. The results of the £1,000 competition - for an author's first or second book on a historical topic published in the year ending September 1998 - were announced at a ceremony held at the British Library in London on January 6th. The presentation was made by David Cannadine, Director of the Institute of Historical Research.
The judges - Professors Pamela Tudor-Craig, Jeremy Black and Paul Preston - selected a shortlist of six from more than sixty books submitted, which ranged chronologically from the second millennium BC to the Chechnya War.
Amanda Vickery teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her book (which is published by Yale University Press) is based on a study of the letters, diaries and accounts books of almost a hundred women of the eighteenth century, and reveals the wide range of social and emotional roles undertaken by upper- and middle-class women in the age of Jane Austen. The judges praised this as a book that would appeal both to scholars and to general readers, and as probably the definitive study of its subject for some years.