Wolfson History Prize

Wolfson History Prize

The Wolfson History Prizes are literary awards given annually in the United Kingdom to promote and encourage standards of excellence in the writing of history for the general public. Prizes are given annually for two or three exceptional works published during the year, with an occasional oeuvre prize (a general award for an individual's distinguished contribution to the writing of history).


In order to qualify for consideration, a book must be published in the United Kingdom and the author must be a British subject at the time the award is made and normally resident in the UK. Books should be readable and scholarly and be accessible to the lay reader.

The Wolfson History Prizes, formerly the Wolfson Literary Awards, were established in 1972 by the Wolfson Foundation, a UK charitable foundation.

List of winners of the Oeuvre Prize

* 2004 - Christopher Bayly
* 2001 - Roy Jenkins
* 1999 - Asa Briggs
* 1996 - Eric Hobsbawm
* 1982 - Steven Runciman
* 1981 - Owen Chadwick
* 1978 - Howard Colvin

List of winning books

* 2006
Adam Tooze "" (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
Chris Clark "Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947" (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
Vic Gatrell "City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London" (Atlantic Books)
* 2005
Evelyn Welch "Shopping in the Renaissance" (Yale University Press)
Christopher Wickham "" (Oxford University Press)
* 2004
David Reynolds "In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War" (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
Richard Overy "The Dictators: Hitler's Germany; Stalin's Russia" (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
* 2003
Diarmaid MacCulloch "" (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
Frances Harris "Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin" (Oxford University Press)
Julian Jackson "The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940" (Oxford University Press)
* 2002
Robert Gildea "Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation" (Macmillan)
William Dalrymple "" (HarperCollins)
* 2001
Barry Cunliffe "Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples" (Oxford University Press)
Jerry White "London in the 20th Century: A City and Its Peoples" (Viking)
* 2000
Ian Kershaw "Hitler, 1936-1945: Nemesis" (Allen Lane)
Mark Mazower "The Balkans" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Roy Porter "Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World" (Allen Lane)
* 1999
Andrew Roberts "Salisbury: Victorian Titan" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Joanna Bourke "An Intimate History of Killing" (Granta Books)
* 1998
Antony Beevor "Stalingrad" (Viking)
Amanda Vickery "The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England" (Yale University Press)
* 1997
John Brewer "Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century" (HarperCollins)
Patricia Hollis "Jennie Lee: A Life" (Oxford University Press)
* 1996
Orlando Figes "A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution" (Jonathan Cape)
* 1995
H.C.G. Matthew "Gladstone 1875-1898" (Oxford University Press)
* 1994
Fiona MacCarthy "William Morris: A Life for Our Time" (Faber & Faber)
John C. G. Rohl "The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany" (Cambridge University Press)
* 1993
Barbara Harvey "Living and Dying in England, 1100-1540: The Monastic Experience" (Oxford University Press)
Robert Bartlett "The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350" (Viking)
* 1992
Robert Skidelsky "John Maynard Keynes: The Economist as Saviour, 1920-1937" (Pan Macmillan)
Linda Colley "Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837" (Yale University Press)
* 1991
Alan Bullock "Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives" (Harper Collins)
John Bossy "Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair" (Yale University Press)
* 1990
Colin Platt "The Architecture of Medieval Britain: A Social History" (Yale University Press)
* 1989
Donald Cameron Watt "How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938-1939" (William Heinemann)
Richard A. Fletcher "The Quest for El Cid " (Huchinson)
* 1988
Paul Kennedy "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 To 2000" (Unwin Hyman)
Richard Evans "Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910" (Oxford University Press)
* 1987
R. R. Davies "Conquest, Coexistence, and Change: Wales, 1063-1415" (Oxford University Press)
John Pemble "The Mediterranean Passion: Victorians And Edwardians in the South" (Oxford University Press)
* 1986
J.H. Elliott "The Count-Duke Of Olivares: The Statesman In An Age Of Decline " (Yale University Press)
Jonathan Israel "European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550-1750" (Oxford University Press)
* 1985
John Grigg "Lloyd George, From Peace To War 1912-1916" (Methuen)
Richard Davenport-Hines "Dudley Docker: The Life and Times of a Trade Warrior" (Cambridge University Press)
* 1984
Antonia Fraser "The Weaker Vessel" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Maurice Keen "Chivalry" (Yale University Press)
* 1983
Martin Gilbert "Winston S. Churchill: Finest Hour, 1939-1941" (Heinemann)
Kenneth Rose "George V" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
* 1982
John McManners "Death and the Enlightenment: Changing Attitudes to Death Among Christians and Unbelievers in Eighteenth-Century France" (Oxford University Press)
* 1981
John Wyon Burrow "A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past" (Cambridge University Press)
* 1980
F.S.L. Lyons "Culture and Anarchy in Ireland, 1890-1939" (Oxford University Press)
Robert Evans"The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550-1700: An Interpretation" (Oxford University Press)
* 1979
Richard Cobb "Death in Paris: The Records of the Basse-Geôle de la Seine, October 1795-September 1801, Vendémiaire Year IV-Fructidor Year IX" (Oxford University Press)
Mary Soames "Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage" (Cassell)
Quentin Skinner "The Foundations of Modern Political Thought" (Cambridge University Press)
* 1978
Alistair Horne "A Savage War of Peace : Algeria, 1954-1962" (Macmillan)
* 1977
Denis Mack Smith "Mussolini's Roman Empire" (Longman & Co)
Simon Schama "Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780–1813" (Collins)
* 1976
Nikolaus Pevsner "A History of Building Types" (Thames & Hudson)
Norman Stone " The Eastern Front: 1914-17" (Hodder & Stoughton)
* 1975
Frances Donaldson "Edward VIII" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
Olwen Hufton "The Poor of Eighteenth-century France 1750-1789" (Oxford University Press)
* 1974
Moses Finley: "The Ancient Economy" (Chatto & Windus)
Theodore Zeldin "France, 1848-1945: Ambition, Love and Politics" (Oxford University Press)
* 1973
Frances Yates "The Rosicrucian Enlightenment" (Routledge & Keegan Paul)
W.L. Warren "Henry II" (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
* 1972
Michael Howard "The Grand Strategy: August 1942-September 1943" (Her Majesty's Stationery Office)
Keith Thomas "Religion and the Decline of Magic" (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

External links

* [http://www.wolfson.org.uk/historyprize.htm Wolfson History Prize website]

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