The ballots have been cast, the votes have been counted, and we are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s MHM book awards!
We curated a list of 2016’s best military history titles: the nominees for the inaugural Military History Monthly book awards, and asked our readers to vote for their favourites. Our selection includes some of the best-researched, most-insightful, and most-readable titles reviewed and featured in the magazine over the last year. The winners are as follows:
MHM BOOK OF THE YEAR
WINNER – GOLD AWARD
Sea Eagles of Empire: the Classis Britannica and the battles for Britain by Simon Elliott
This masterly text surveys the little-known story of the naval forces of the Roman Empire in Britain. Always in the shadow of the legions, Sea Eagles of Empire restores the Roman navy in Britain to its rightful place at the centre of any comprehensive understanding of the long duration of Roman power.
WINNER – SILVER AWARD
Jacobites: a new history of the ’45 rebellion by Jacqueline Riding
Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender, landed in the Western Highlands of Scotland in July 1745. His aim was to win the throne of Britain for his father James, the Old Pretender. Riding places this attempt firmly within the context of the rivalry between Britain and France, and the ongoing War of the Austrian Succession, providing a lively read that combines military detail with wider political and social context.
WINNER – BRONZE AWARD
Air Power: a global history by Jeremy Black
Charting the rise of military aviation, this ground-breaking new book covers both the world wars and the more limited conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Jeremy Black looks at debates around strategic bombing, aircraft carriers versus battleships, and how airpower has become the weapon of choice, spreading maximum destruction with minimum commitment.
MHM ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF THE YEAR
Armour of the English Knight by Tobias Capwell
Capwell is such a master of his subject that he is able to communicate complex ideas and observations clearly and accessibly. He argues for a specifically English tradition in armour, observably different from the better-known European styles. Well illustrated and with sumptuous photographs, this book is a delight to read.
Congratulations to all our winners and publishers!
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