The Social History Society’s Book Prize recognises innovative scholarship the fields of social and cultural history.
It is awarded by a panel of judges, who look for the best original work of historical research published in the preceding calendar year. The only stipulations are that the book must be written in English, by a scholar normally resident in the UK, and must be at least the author’s second history book.
Books are nominated by publishers.
The 2023 judging panel was chaired by Pat Thane and comprises Lucy Noakes, Phillipp Schofield and Naomi Tadmor.
WINNER: Laura Gowing for Ingenious Trade: Women and Work in Seventeenth-Century London (Cambridge University Press, 2021).
COMMENDATION: John Henderson for Florence under Siege: Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City (Yale University Press, 2019)
COMMENDATION: Suzannah Lipscomb for The Voices of Nimes: Women, Sex and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc (Oxford University Press, 2019)
RUNNER UP: Ian Forrest for Trustworthy Men: How Inequality and Faith made the Medieval Church (Princeton University Press, 2018)
WINNER: Hannah Barker for Family & Business during the Industrial Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2017)
RUNNER UP: Sabine Lee for Children Born of War in the Twentieth Century (Manchester University Press, 2017)
WINNER: Sasha Handley for Sleep in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2016)
RUNNER UP: Jon Stobart and Mark Rothery for Consumption and the Country House by (Oxford University Press, 2016)