The Institute of Commonwealth Studies is delighted to announce that the Trevor Reese Memorial Prize has been awarded to Philip J. Stern (Associate Professor of History, Duke University) for his monograph, The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India (Oxford University Press, 2011). The Prize, of £1,000, is awarded every three years to the author of a work which has made a wide-ranging, innovative and scholarly contribution in the broadly-defined field of Imperial and Commonwealth History. The current award covers works published in the years 2010-2012.
The Trevor Reese Memorial Prize was established by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in 1979. It is in the name in memory of Dr Trevor Reese, a distinguished scholar of Australian and Commonwealth history, who was Reader in Imperial Studies at the Institute until his death in 1976. He was the author of several leading works in his field, and was both founder and first editor of the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. The Prize was established with the proceeds of contributions to a memorial fund by friends and colleagues of Trevor Reese throughout the Commonwealth and United States.
Responding to the news of the award, Professor Stern said ‘I am quite honoured, and tremendously flattered, to receive this prize. I have always considered The Company-State, and my work more generally, to be engaged primarily with questions about the nature and constitution of imperial and colonial history, so to be recognized like this by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies is a particular privilege, and delight.’
The previous winner of the prize was John Darwin for The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System, 1830-1970 (Cambridge University Press, 2009).