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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 WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE in History is a $150 award given annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.  The 2021 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2020. The prize journal article or paper, which may be published anywhere in the world, should exhibit a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship.  It should also make a significant contribution to its field of study.  Chapters from longer works are not eligible, but papers appearing in edited collections of essays are eligible. [Note: Articles considered for the Walkowitz Prize may also be eligible for the Love Prize, but the selection committees will operate entirely separately.]

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete. An electronic copy (sent as a PDF) of the nominated article or paper should be sent via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2021 to each member of the Prize Committee. The article file should be named as follows: (NOMINEE NAME_LoveArticle). Contact details for each committee member, including e-mail addresses, appear below: 

Chair: Desmond Fitz-Gibbon
Department of History
Mount Holyoke College
[email protected]

Farid Azfar
History Department
Swarthmore College
[email protected]

Tammy M. Proctor
Department of History
Utah State University
[email protected]


Ellen Boucher (Amherst College), “Anticipating Armageddon: Nuclear Risk and the Neoliberal Sensibility in Thatcher's Britain,” American Historical Review 124 (October 2019), 1221-1245.

This bold and conceptually sophisticated article brings together expansive research and multiple historiographies to shed new light on nuclear policy, neoliberal politics, and the rise of Thatcherism. Building on histories of emotion and sensibility, and uniting this literature with political and military history, Boucher focusses on changing attitudes toward "risk" to account for the appeal of neoliberal individualism in Thatcher’s Britain. In contrast to the fear, anxiety, or apathy evoked by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s apocalyptic visions, many Britons, largely white, middle-class suburbanites, embraced a more optimistic visions than is usually recognized; survival in a nuclear war was possible, they believed, through their own personal planning and initiative. However irrational or fantastical, this self-empowering cultural sensibility explains why a silent majority supported nuclear militarization in the 1980s despite vocal efforts to denuclearize. The offloading, or “democratization,” of risk management onto individuals and the mistrust of state-centric disaster planning prevalent in the 1980s speaks in prescient ways to the dilemmas faced by neoliberal governments and societies in the age of COVID-19.  

Honorable Mention

Joel Hebert (American University), “‘Sacred Trust’: Rethinking Late British Decolonization in Indigenous Canada,” Journal of British Studies 58 (July 2019), 565-597.

Divya Subramanian (Columbia University), “Legislating the Labor Force: Sedenterization and Development in India and the United States, 1870-1915,”  Comparative Studies in Society and History 61 (October 2019), 835-863.