The Winners of the Longman-History Today Awards

Kathryn Hadley reveals the winners of the 2010 Longman-History Today Awards, announced yesterday evening at our annual party.

Kathryn Hadley | Published 13 January 2011

Yesterday evening, we celebrated the 60th anniversary of History Today at our annual awards ceremony held, this year, in the Museum of London’s new Sackler Gallery.

The Longman-History Today Trustees Award, which is presented to a person, persons or organisation that has made a major contribution to history, went to Professor Tim Hitchcock of the University of Hertfordshire and Professor Robert Shoemaker of the University of Sheffield, directors of the groundbreaking digital projects The Old Bailey Proceedings Online and London Lives.

The winner of the 2010 Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award, given for an author’s first or second book, is Alan Allport for Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War (Yale), who received a cheque for £2,000.

The runner-up was James Mather for Pashas: Traders and Travellers in the Islamic World also published by Yale University Press. Highly commended were:

  • Matters of the Heart: History Medicine and Emotion, Fay Bound Alberti (OUP)
  • Selling Sex in the Reich: Prostitutes in German Society, 1914-45, Victoria Harris (OUP)
  • Bomber County: The Lost Airmen of World War Two, Daniel Swift (Hamish Hamilton)

The Longman-History Today Historical Picture Researcher of the Year Award and a cheque for £500 were presented to Julie McMahon for the Folio Society’s illustrated edition of Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad. The runner-up was Steve Behan, Picture Manager for Carlton Books, for The Battle of Britain by Richard Overy. 

Lastly, the 2010 Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, awarded in association with the Royal Historical Society, was given to Alexander Baggallay of the University of Edinburgh for Myths of Mau Mau Expanded: The Role of Rehabilitation in Detention Camps During the State of Emergency in Kenya, 1954-1960. Alexander also received a cheque for £250. The runner-up was David Kenrick of the University of Liverpool for his dissertation, also about British colonial history, entitled Identity and the Politics of Survival: White Rhodesia, 1965-1980


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