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Result of the British Academy Book Prize 2001

Professor Sir Ian Kershaw and Professor Rees Davies were named joint winners of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize.

Professor Sir Ian Kershaw's book, Hitler: 1936–1945, Nemesis (Allen Lane) and Professor Rees Davies' The First English Empire: Power and Identities in the British Isles 1093–1343 (Oxford University Press), were chosen from six shortlisted books to win the £2,500 Prize, which aims to celebrate the best of accessible scholarly writing within the humanities and social sciences.

Sir Anthony Kenny, chair of the judging panel announced the winners at an awards evening held at The British Academy, London. Commenting on the judges’ decision, he said, ‘We were presented with a very impressive shortlist, and there were two books, each of which the judges felt truly deserved to win the prize outright. We decided to divide the prize between R. R. Davies’ The First English Empire and Ian Kershaw’s second volume of Hitler. In the one case we have a relatively arcane subject made accessible to the wider public and in the other we have a subject attractive to a general audience treated with academic brilliance.’