Latest Prize Winners
The winners of the Wolfson History Prizes (for books published in 2013) awarded at a reception at Claridge's on 2 June 2014, were:
Cyprian Broodbank for The Making of the Middle Sea (Thames & Hudson) Cyprian Broodbank's superbly illustrated archaeological history tells the story of the Mediterranean from early origins to the emergence of the Classical World. History Prize judge Professor Julia Smith said, "Its theme is how connections are forged between distant places, what consolidates those links and why they sometimes fail to endure. Its shifting vision keeps the reader on the move, from port to port.....a distinctly postmodern take on pre-history".
Catherine Merridale for Red Fortress: The Secret Heart of Russia's History (Allen Lane, Penguin Books). Catherine Merridale's book is about the Kremlin with its "medieval walls and countless gilded cupolas". The book traces the building's history from trading fort to sacred Orthodox religious site to Bolshevik canteen to Vladimir Putin's government headquarters. History Prize judge Professor Julia Smith said, "With great verve, she [Merridale] takes us into the lives of the individuals who shaped its fabric and shared its erratic destiny and shows us how this fort - or palace, as it became - had its own role to play in events of world history".
The Prize winners both received £25,000. The Judges for the prize were Sir Keith Thomas (Chairman), Professor Sir David Cannadine, Professor Sir Richard Evans and Professor Julia Smith.