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25 September 2013

And that makes five: Press author wins Bentley Book Prize

John Thornton, Press author, has been named as co-winner of this year’s Jerry Bentley Book Prize at the World History Association. This brings the total number of Press authors receiving this award to five.

In his book, A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250 to 1820, Thornton shares his research into the idea that strong links exist in the histories of Africa, Europe and North and South America. Thornton details the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830, focussing on the political, social and cultural interactions between the countries.

The Jerry Bentley Book Prize was created in 1999 and recognises outstanding contributions in the genre of world history. Thornton’s win makes it the fifth time a book published by Cambridge University Press has won in the prize’s fourteen-year history. 

A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250-1820 shares 2013’s book prize with Carl Nightingale’s Segregation: A Global History of Divided Cities published last year by the University of Chicago Press.

Last year another Press author Prasannan Parthasarathi scooped the prize for his book Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence 1600-1850.

Chris Burrows, Publicity Executive from Cambridge University Press explains the importance of this award to the Press; ‘It’s such great news than John has been awarded this high accolade. Our history titles are incredibly important to us at the Press and the fact that our books have won the Jerry Bentley Prize five times since 1999 is a huge credit to us and our authors.’ 

Previous Press winners include:

To find out more about John Thornton's award-winning book, click here.

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