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Der Wolfson History Prize ist ein seit 1972 von der britischen Wolfson Foundation vergebener Preis für Geschichtsschreibung in Großbritannien, die sich an allgemeine Leserschaft wendet. Ausgezeichnet werden zwei bis drei Publikationen des laufenden Jahres. Sie müssen von einem britischen Autor sein und das Buch in Großbritannien veröffentlicht. Gelegentlich wird der Preis auch für ein Lebenswerk verliehen. 2016 war er für beide Preisträger mit je 30.000 Pfund dotiert.


  • 2016
    Robin Lane Fox, Augustine: Conversions and Confessions
    Nikolaus Wachsmann, KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps
  • 2015
    Richard Vinen, National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945–1963
    Alexander Watson, Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914–1918
  • 2014
    Cyprian Broodbank, The Making of the Middle Sea
    Catherine Merridale, Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History
  • 2013
    Christopher Duggan, Fascist Voices: An Intimate History of Mussolini’s Italy (Boydell Press)
    Susan Brigden Thomas Wyatt: The Heart’s Forest (Faber & Faber)
  • 2012
    Susie Harries, Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life (Chatto & Windus)
    Alexandra Walsham The Reformation of the Landscape (Oxford University Press)
  • 2011
    Ruth Harris, The Man on Devil's Island: The Affair that Divided France (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Nicholas Thomas Islanders: The Pacific in the Age of Empire (Yale University Press)
  • 2010
    Dominic Lieven, Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807–1814 (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Jonathan Sumption Divided Houses: The Hundred Years War (Vol. 3) (Faber & Faber)
  • 2009
    Mary Beard, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town (Profile Books)
    Margaret M. McGowan, Dance in the Renaissance: European Fashion, French Obsession (Yale University Press)
  • 2008
    John Gareth Darwin, After Tamerlane: The Global Story of Empire (Allen Lane)
    Rosemary Hill God’s Architect: Pugin & the Building of Romantic Britain (Allen Lane)
  • 2007
    Adam Tooze, The Wages of Destruction|The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Christopher Clark Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600–1947 (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Vic Gatrell City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London (Atlantic Books)
  • 2006
    Evelyn Welch, Shopping in the Renaissance (Yale University Press)
    Chris Wickham Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 (Oxford University Press)
  • 2005
    David Reynolds, In Command of History: Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Richard Overy The Dictators: Hitler's Germany; Stalin's Russia (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
  • 2004
    Diarmaid MacCulloch, Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 (Allen Lane: Penguin Press)
    Frances Harris Transformations of Love: The Friendship of John Evelyn and Margaret Godolphin (Oxford University Press)
    Julian T. Jackson The Fall of France: The Nazi Invasion of 1940 (Oxford University Press)
  • 2003
    Robert Gildea, Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation (Macmillan)
    William Dalrymple White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India (HarperCollins)
  • 2002
    Barry Cunliffe, Facing the Ocean: The Atlantic and Its Peoples (Oxford University Press)
    Jerry White London in the 20th Century: A City and Its Peoples (Viking)
  • 2001
    Ian Kershaw, Hitler, 1936–1945: Nemesis (Allen Lane)
    Mark Mazower The Balkans (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
    Roy Porter Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (Allen Lane)
  • 2000
    Andrew Roberts, Salisbury: Victorian Titan (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
    Joanna Bourke An Intimate History of Killing (Granta Books)
  • 1999
    Antony Beevor, Stalingrad (Viking)
    Amanda Vickery The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England (Yale University Press)
  • 1998
    John Brewer, Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century (HarperCollins)
    Patricia Hollis Jennie Lee: A Life (Oxford University Press)
  • 1997
    Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy: A History of the Russian Revolution (Jonathan Cape)
  • 1996
    H. C. G. Matthew, Gladstone 1875–1898 (Oxford University Press)
  • 1995
    Fiona MacCarthy, William Morris: A Life for Our Time (Faber & Faber)
    John C. G. Röhl The Kaiser and His Court: Wilhelm II and the Government of Germany (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1994
    Barbara Harvey, Living and Dying in England, 1100–1540: The Monastic Experience (Oxford University Press)
    Robert Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950–1350 (Viking)
  • 1993
    Robert Skidelsky, John Maynard Keynes: The Economist as Saviour, 1920–1937 (Pan Macmillan)
    Linda Colley Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (Yale University Press)
  • 1992
    Alan Bullock, Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives (Harper Collins)
    John Bossy Giordano Bruno and the Embassy Affair (Yale University Press)
  • 1991
    Colin Platt, The Architecture of Medieval Britain: A Social History (Yale University Press)
  • 1990
    Donald Cameron Watt, How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War, 1938–1939 (William Heinemann)
    Richard A. Fletcher The Quest for El Cid (Huchinson)
  • 1989
    Paul Kennedy, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers: Economic Change and Military Conflict from 1500 To 2000 (Unwin Hyman)
    Richard Evans Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830–1910 (Oxford University Press)
  • 1987
    R. R. Davies, Conquest, Coexistence, and Change: Wales, 1063–1415 (Oxford University Press)
    John Pemble The Mediterranean Passion: Victorians And Edwardians in the South (Oxford University Press)
  • 1986
    J. H. Elliott, The Count-Duke Of Olivares: The Statesman In An Age Of Decline (Yale University Press)
    Jonathan Israel European Jewry in the Age of Mercantilism, 1550–1750 (Oxford University Press)
  • 1985
    John Grigg, Lloyd George, From Peace To War 1912–1916 (Methuen)
    Richard Davenport-Hines Dudley Docker: The Life and Times of a Trade Warrior (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1984
    Antonia Fraser, The Weaker Vessel (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
    Maurice Keen Chivalry (Yale University Press)
  • 1983
    Martin Gilbert, Winston S. Churchill: Finest Hour, 1939–1941 (Heinemann)
    Kenneth Vivian Rose, George V (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
  • 1982
    John McManners, Death and the Enlightenment: Changing Attitudes to Death Among Christians and Unbelievers in Eighteenth-Century France (Oxford University Press)
  • 1981
    John Wyon Burrow, A Liberal Descent: Victorian Historians and the English Past (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1980
    F. S. L. Lyons, Culture and Anarchy in Ireland, 1890–1939 (Oxford University Press)
    Robert Evans, The Making of the Habsburg Monarchy, 1550–1700: An Interpretation (Oxford University Press)
  • 1979
    Richard Cobb, Death in Paris: The Records of the Basse-Geôle de la Seine, October 1795 – September 1801, Vendémiaire Year IV-Fructidor Year IX (Oxford University Press)
    Mary Soames, Clementine Churchill: The Biography of a Marriage (Cassell)
    Quentin Skinner The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1978
    Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace : Algeria, 1954–1962 (Macmillan)
  • 1977
    Denis Mack Smith, Mussolini's Roman Empire (Longman & Co)
    Simon Schama Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780–1813 (Collins)
  • 1976
    Nikolaus Pevsner, A History of Building Types (Thames & Hudson)
    Norman Stone The Eastern Front: 1914–17 (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • 1975
    Frances Donaldson, Edward VIII (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
    Olwen Hufton The Poor of Eighteenth-century France 1750–1789 (Oxford University Press)
  • 1974
    Moses Finley, The Ancient Economy (Chatto & Windus)
    Theodore Zeldin France, 1848–1945: Ambition, Love and Politics (Oxford University Press)
  • 1973
    Frances A. Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment (Routledge & Keegan Paul)
    W. L. Warren, Henry II (Eyre & Spottiswoode)
  • 1972
    Michael Howard, The Grand Strategy: August 1942 – September 1943 (Her Majesty's Stationery Office)
    Keith Thomas Religion and the Decline of Magic (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

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