WHN Book Prize

WHN Book Prize 2019

The Women’s History Network (UK) Book Prize, is an annual £500 prize for a first single-authored monograph, which focusses on women’s or gender history.

Entries close on 31 March 2019 (for books published during 2018).

Criteria for eligibility are as follows: 

  • The book must make a significant contribution to women’s history or gender history.
  • The book must be written in English and have and accessible style.
  • The book must have been published in the UK between January 1st and 31st December 2018.
  • The candidate should be a member of the Women’s History Network (UK).
  • The candidate should have been resident in the UK, or affiliated to a UK Institution, for the previous three years.
  • The winner should be able to attend the WHN Annual Conference to receive their award. (The WHN will cover the cost of UK rail travel to the Conference venue at the LSE.)
  • Winners will be expected to write a short summary of the book of between 500 and 1000 words suitable for the WHN blog prior to the WHN conference.
  • Current members of the WHN Steering Committee are not eligible to enter the competition.

For further information please contact: bookprize@womenshistorynetwork.org


Winners


WHN Book Prize Winner 2018

This year’s winner was Briony McDonagh’s Elite Women and the Agricultural Landscape 1700-1830 published by Routledge in 2017. This book provides an explicitly feminist historical geography of the eighteenth-century English rural landscape. The panel considered that the book an original, path-breaking book which makes a significant contribution to women’s history.  It is engaging and accessible to read without losing academic rigour,


Winner of Book Prize 2017

The winner was: Women, Credit and Debt in Early Modern Scotland, by Cathryn Spence, published by Manchester University Press. This book provides the first full-length consideration of women’s economic roles in early modern Scottish towns. The panel considered that the book provided a meticulously researched and convincing argument of women’s involvement in economic activity in


Winner of the Book Prize 2016

The panel decided to award the prize for 2016 to Natalya Vince, Our Fighting Sisters: Nation, Memory and Gender in Algeria, 1954– 2012 published by Manchester University Press. Between 1954 and 1962, Algerian women played a major role in the struggle to end French rule in one of the twentieth century’s most violent wars of


Winner of Book Prize 2015

The 2015 winner was Simone Laqua-O’Donnell’s book Women and the Counter Reformation in Early Modern Munster published by Oxford University Press.  This was considered to be a tightly organised book, based on a nuanced reading of many sources, and written in an engaging style that draws in the reader, even those without knowledge of the


WHN Book Prize Winner 2014

  The winner of this year’s competition is Caroline Bressey, Empire, Race and the Politics of “Anti-Caste’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). Congratulations to Caroline for a book that the judges though was an ‘excellent study of a remarkable episode in anti-racist politics, written with passion and a sensitive engagement’. By situating Catherine Impey, the editor of

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