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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 2022 competition covers books published in 2021. 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 2, 2022. (Only books sent to every committee member can be considered.) Presses and authors should contact committee chair Tawny Paul at [email protected] for the committee members’ mailing addresses.

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 Snow Prize Committee.”

Chair: Tawny Paul
Department of History
University of California, Los Angeles
[email protected] 

Paula McDowell
Department of English
New York University
[email protected]

Cathryn Spence
Department of History
University of Guelph
[email protected]


Alison Games (Georgetown University), Inventing the English Massacre: Amboyna in History and Memory (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Inventing the English Massacre shows how violent deaths in the spice islands of modern Indonesia helped the English reimagine themselves as victims, rather than aggressors, in the global race for empire and mercantile primacy, vulnerable to betrayal and conspiracy rather than plotting for power and wealth. In engaging prose grounded in meticulous research, Games reveals new insights into what happened at Amboyna in 1623, what remains speculative or unknown, what was immediately misrepresented in England, and how this was retold and repurposed from the seventeenth century into the modern era. A history of language, print culture, international relations, and empire, this book places the idea of the “massacre” at the center of early modern British, Atlantic, and Global history and serves as a model for how historians might approach issues of truth, myth, and memory in their own works.