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Politics and Contemporary History lecturers up for RHS prize

Jun 12, 2018

The shortlisted books by Brian and Dan
The shortlisted books by Brian and Dan

Congratulations to lecturers in Politics and Contemporary History, Dr Brian Hall (pictured right) and Daniel Lomas. (pictured below right) who have both been nominated for the Royal Historical Society’s prestigious Whitfield Prize.

The prize is open to anyone who has written his/her first academic book on British or Irish history in the UK published last year. Nominees can come from across the UK higher education sector – although over recent years, academics from Oxbridge have tended to dominate.

Brian is shortlisted for his book “Communications and British Operations on the Western Front, 1914-1918”, published by Cambridge University Press.

Daniel is shortlisted for his book “Intelligence, security and the Attlee governments, 1945-51: An uneasy relationship?”, published by Manchester University Press.

Alaric Searle, Professor of Modern European History, and Research Lead for Politics and Contemporary History, said, “I am delighted for both Brian and Dan, not just because they are excellent colleagues but also because they are developing into equally excellent historians in their own right.”

“What makes this recognition all the more noteworthy is that both Dan and Brian received their PhDs from the University of Salford; and, Salford has never had either a member of staff, or a former Salford PhD student, shortlisted for this award. Thus, to have two nominations in the same year is a great achievement. It provides just one more indicator of the quality of research being conducted in Politics and Contemporary History at the moment.”

He added: “I am not that surprised about the nomination as I know the quality of work both Dan and Brian have been publishing. In fact, Brian’s book was shortlisted earlier this year for the Templar Medal for the Best First Book, awarded by the Society for Army Historical Research.”

The winner of the Whitfield Prize will be announced next month by the Royal Historical Society, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.