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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.


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 2016 competition covers books published in 2015. Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2016 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 Philip Stern
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Duke University
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Georgetown University
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Professor Shannon McSheffrey
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Concordia University
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John Ben Snow Prize 2015 (Presented by Travis Glasson) 

Awarded to Brent Sirota (North Carolina State University) for his book The Christian Monitors: The Church of England and the Age of Benevolence, 1680-1730 (Yale University Press) 

In this book, Sirota demonstrates how the Anglican Church sustained its own kind of revolutionary impetus after the Glorious Revolution by attempting to transform Britishness into a benevolent and associational national culture.   It offers a new and unique interpretation of this post-Revolutionary ‘age of benevolence’ by locating its origins not in political theology, but in political organization, and in particular noting the importance of voluntary and charitable societies in shaping this crucial moment of Anglican revival. Sirota ably shows that societies like the SPCK and SPG, along with many other Anglican projects at home and globally, were neither extensions of the state nor private organizations. The book also suggests a critical genealogy between the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and the later Victorian age of philanthropy, which in turn helps to connect the Revolutionary era to its successors while undermining any Whiggish narrative of how it got there.  Along the way, the book suggests a very different way of understanding both the Anglican church and the role of “religion" in shaping moral discourse, politics, society, and empire in the modern era.  It is a remarkable achievement of primary and secondary research and erudition that scholars of the period will have to engage with for some time to come.