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About the journal

Twentieth Century British History publishes outstanding work on all aspects of the history of Britain and the British world during the long-twentieth century…

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The Duncan Tanner Essay Prize


Deadline: 1 November 2017

Entries to the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize 2017 are now open. The competition is open to anyone currently registered for a higher research degree, or who completed one no earlier than October 2016. The winner will receive:

  • Publication of the winning essay in Twentieth Century British History
  • A cash prize of £300
  • £200 worth of OUP books
  • One year's free subscription to Twentieth Century British History

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The winner of the Duncan Tanner Essay Prize 2016 was:

Historical pageants, citizenship, and the performance of women’s history before second-wave feminism by Zoe Thomas (Royal Holloway University of London)

The article is forthcoming.

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The Ben Pimlott Memorial Lecture


In honour of the late Ben Pimlott, Twentieth Century British History, the Institute for Contemporary British History, and Oxford Journals have established this annual lecture series. Each lecture covers a subject of interest to scholars of Twentieth Century British history and each lecture is published in the journal and is available free online.

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The 2018 Pimlott lecture will be delivered by Susan Pedersen, Morris Professor of British History at Columbia University, New York. 

Details to follow.


America First - or the British Empire Last? Anglophobia in the 1930s and 1940s (Or: What Marriages Do to People)
Professor Deborah Cohen

The 2017 Ben Pimlott Lecture will take place on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, 6:00 p.m at King's College London. The Lecture will be delivered by Professor Deborah Cohen, Northwestern University, USA.

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On the OUPblog

In this blog post, based on his prize-winning essay in TCBH, Andrew Seaton discusses early opposition to the establishment of the NHS.

Does everyone love the National Health Service? Uncovering history's critics
by Andrew Seaton

Headline image credit: Project 365 #219: 070809 Badge Of Honour by Pete. CC-BY-2.0 via Flickr

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