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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 Stansky Book Prize of $500 is awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800. 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.  A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

The 2019 competition covers books published in 2018.  Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2019 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: Nadja Durbach
Department of History
University of Utah
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Ellen Boucher
Department of History
Chapin Hall
Amherst College
220 South Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
[email protected]
Stephen M. Miller
Department of History
255A/265D Stevens Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469
[email protected] 



Aidan Forth (Loyola University Chicago), Barbed-Wire Imperialism: Britain’s Empire of Camps, 1876-1903 (University of California Press, 2017)

This sophisticated and beautifully written book pulls together a massive amount of research from sites across the British empire to trace genealogical connections between famine, plague, and concentration camps. By carefully tracing the evolution of the camp and its centrality to imperial practice and ideology, Forth shows us the contradictory essence of late-nineteenth century Liberal empire: how the promise of uplift and freedom remained in constant tension with the impulse to discipline and control. This imperial story also helps us understand how camps came to be used for both genocidal and humanitarian purposes in recent history. The book's transnational scope is impressive and eye-opening, with implications well beyond British history. It opens up new avenues of research in European, South African, and Indian history; military history; and the history of public health, technology, colonial violence, liberalism, and humanitarianism. This promises to become a foundational text for a new body of scholarship.

Marie Hicks (Illinois Institute of Technology), Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing (The MIT Press, 2017) 

This revelatory book makes us see postwar British history in a new way by showing that the exclusion of women from advanced computing fields was engineered by the state in collusion with business interests; it was not simply a product of broader cultural formations or more generalized shifts in the workplace and gender roles. This is an unsettling and powerfully field-changing account. Clear and lucid in its arguments, this important book also does justice to the human side of the story, particularly through its engaging use of interviews with former women programmers. This innovative book will be critical to students and scholars of postwar British history, of the history of science and technology, as well as those of the state, and of gender.