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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.

John Ben Snow Prize


The JOHN BEN SNOW PRIZE is a $500 prize awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and be living in either country at the time of the award. Nominations may be made by the author or by the publisher of the book nominated. A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

 The 2014 competition covers books published in 2013. Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2014 to each member of the Prize Committee. (Only books sent to every committee member can be considered.) For prompt attention, mark packages 'NACBS Prize Committee'. Send all relevant materials to:

Chair: Professor Krista Kesselring
Department of History
Dalhousie University
6135 University Avenue
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS, B3H 4R2  CANADA

Professor Margaret McGlynn
Department of History
University of Western Ontario
Lawson Hall, Rm 2201
London, ON N6A 5B8   CANADA

Professor Kathleen Wilson
Department of History
State University of New York
3rd Floor, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348     USA


John Ben Snow Prize (2013)

Nicholas Rogers, York University: Mayhem: Postwar Crime and Violence in Britain, 1748-53 (Yale University Press, 2012)

Mayhem follows the problems of demobilizing soldiers in a wide variety of directions, from bawdy houses to the gin craze to popular religion and demographic enquiry, from the centre to the localities and, indeed, to the colonies beyond. In a book both erudite and engaging, Professor Rogers disrupts assumptions of eighteenth-century stability by engaging with a range of popular tensions that constituted a surprisingly serious challenge to governmental authority, especially when allied to the ambiguity of a military victory that felt a lot like a defeat.  While each chapter shows a different element of society on its own terms, Mayhem produces a coherent and compelling whole.