The 2022 shortlist recognises the scholarly contribution and quality of six excellent history monographs published in 2021.
- Young Women against Apartheid: Gender, Youth and South Africa’s Liberation Struggle by Emily Bridger (Boydell & Brewer)
- Hostages of Empire: Colonial Prisoners of War in Vichy France by Sarah Ann Frank (University of Nebraska Press)
- The Ambivalence of Gay Liberation: Male Homosexual Politics in 1970s West Germany by Craig Griffiths (Oxford University Press)
- Policing Prostitution: Regulating the Lower Classes in Late Imperial Russia by Siobhán Hearne (Oxford University Press)
- Hannah Arendt and Isaiah Berlin: Freedom, Politics and Humanity by Kei Hiruta (Princeton University Press)
- Networking Operatic Italy by Francesca Vella (University of Chicago Press)
The Prize offers £1000 to the author of a first monograph in the field of European and World History.
THE WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S GLADSTONE PRIZE WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY 22 JULY, ALONG WITH RECIPIENTS OF THE SOCIETY’S OTHER 2022 AWARDS — FOR PUBLISHING, TEACHING AND RESEARCH.
It has been a pleasure judging this year’s Whitfield and Gladstone book prizes. The judges for both prizes noted that there were some truly excellent books which did not make the shortlist, and would like to congratulate all the authors on their thoughtful, engaging, and rigorous work. We find this year’s Whitfield and Gladstone shortlists particularly exciting and inspiring.
For each prize, we have chosen works which ask big questions, make critical interventions in their fields, and demonstrate imaginative engagement with the demands of historical research, and with the world around us. Individually, they are impressive and powerful works of history. Collectively, they point towards some creative and important new directions in the study of the past.
Professor Simon MacLean, Chair of the Gladstone Prize Committee, 2022
Dr Emily Robinson, Chair of the Whitfield Prize Committee, 2022
About the Prize
The Gladstone Prize is one of the Royal Historical Society’s two annual book awards
Titles eligible for the 2022 Prize will be:
- its author’s first solely written history book;
- on a subject within a field of British or Irish history;
- an original and scholarly work of historical research by an author who received their doctoral degree from a British or Irish university;
- published in English during the calendar year 2021.
The Gladstone Memorial Trust made it possible for the RHS to launch the Gladstone History book prize in 1998, in honour of the value William Gladstone placed on the study of history. The Prize subsequently received support from the Linbury Trust. Find out more about the Prize, and its previous winners, on the RHS website.
Also available: the 2022 Whitfield Book Prize Shortlist
The RHS Whitfield Prize is awarded to a first monograph in the field of British and Irish History. This year’s shortlist of six titles is also now available, with the winner announced on Friday 22 July.