Book Prize

The PCCBS awards a biennial prize for the best book on the subject of British Studies published by a member of PCCBS. Authors, publishers, and other interested persons may make nominations. The books are judged by a three-person committee composed of PCCBS members and the winner is announced at the annual meeting.


  • 2024
  • 2022-23 Micah Alpaugh, Friends of Freedom: The Rise of Social Movements in the Age of Atlantic Revolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022)
  • 2020-21 Priya Satia, Time’s Monster: How History Makes History (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2020) and Honorable Mention to Susan M. Cogan, Catholic Social Networks in Early Modern England: Kinship, Gender, and Coexistence (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2021)
  • 2019 David Como, Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Priya Satsa, Empire of Guns: The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution (Penguin, 2018)
  • 2018 Erika Rappaport, A Thirst for Empire: How Tea Shaped the Modern World (Princeton, 2017) and Honorable mention to Susan D. Amussen & David E. Underdown, Gender, Culture and Politics in England, 1560- 1640: Turning the World Upside Down (Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • 2016 Alastair Bellany and Thomas Cogswell, The Murder of King James I (Yale University Press, 2015) and Marc Matera, Black London: The Imperial Metropolis and Decolonization in the Twentieth Century (University of California Press, 2015)
  • 2014 Jordanna Bailkin, The Afterlife of Empire (UC Press, 2012) and Honorable Mention to Michele Tusan, Smyrna’s Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide, and the Birth of the Middle East (UC Press, 2012)
  • 2012 Reba Soffer, History, Historians, and Conservatism (Oxford, 2010)
  • 2010 Priya Satia, Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain’s Covert Empire in the Middle East (Oxford, 2008)
  • 2008 Deborah Harkness, The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution (Yale, 2008) James Vernon, Hunger: A Modern History (Belknap Press, 2007)
  • 2006 Victoria Kahn, Wayward Contracts: The Crisis of Political Obligation in England, 1640-1674 (Princeton, 2004)