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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 2020 COMPETITION

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 2020 competition covers books published in 2019. Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent to each member of the Prize Committee, postmarked by May 1, 2020 . (Only books sent to every committee member can be considered.) E-BOOKS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED THIS YEAR, DUE TO THE CONTINGENCIES OF MAIL DELIVERY. Note: U.S. authors and publishers sending book copies to committee members in Canada must specify contents as a complimentary book copy with $0 value on the customs form, and/or use USPS rather than private shippers, to avoid incurring a duty upon receipt.

For prompt attention, mark packages 'NACBS Prize Committee'. Send all relevant materials to:
 
Committee members may be using alternate addresses while university campuses are responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. Presses and authors should contact each committee member by email to arrange for delivery of either hard copy or e-book submissions.

Chair: Ted McCormick
Department of History
McGill University
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Michelle Brock
Department of History
Washington & Lee University
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Will Cavert
Department of History
The University of St. Thomas 
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RECENT AWARD WINNERS 

David R. Como, Radical Parliamentarians and the English Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2018).

In this complex and richly detailed work, Como shows how, in the first half of the 1640s, radical ideas migrated from the margins of English political life to the center – how, that is, a political crisis turned into the English Revolution. Uniquely, Radical Parliamentarians tackles this question by weaving an intellectual history of radical constitutional and religious ideas together with close examinations of print culture and underground publication, popular political mobilization, and the high politics of mutating parties and shifting coalitions. In so doing, it draws on the strengths of diverse and competing historiographies of the English Civil War – whig, Marxist, revisionist, and more – to offer both a nuanced account of short-term political calculations and a compelling explanation of long-term change. A work of great methodological ingenuity, deep archival research, and broad historiographical significance, Radical Parliamentarians opens up new ways of thinking about the causes, nature, and effects of the English Revolution. At a moment when democratic practices face myriad challenges around the world, it also offers a vital reminder of “the improbable, painful, and remarkable process through which those practices came into being.”

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