Professor Jordanna Bailkin has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for her book The Afterlife of Empire (University of California Press, 2012). The Forkosch Prize is awarded annually by the American Historical Association (AHA) in recognition of the best book in English in the field of British, British imperial, or British Commonwealth history since 1485. In addition, Professor Bailkin recently won the Stansky Book Prize 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. Most recently, the book has been awarded the Biennial Book Prize for 2013-2014 from the Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies.
The Afterlife of Empire investigates how decolonization transformed British society in the 1950s and 1960s. Although usually charted through its diplomatic details, the collapse of the British empire was also a deeply personal process that altered everyday life, restructuring routines, individual relationships, and social interactions. Learn more.