David Reynolds, a historian at Christ College, Cambridge, has won the 2014 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, for his book “The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century.” The book, which will be published in the United States next month by W.W. Norton, examines the First World War and how it shaped 20th-century culture.
The Hessell-Tiltman Prize recognizes the best work of history covering any period up to 1970. The finalists for this year’s $3,400 award were:
- “Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision led to the Creation of WWI’s World Graves,” by David Crane.
- “Return of a King: the Battle for Afghanistan,” by William Dalrymple.
- “The First Bohemians: Life and Art in London’s Golden Age,” by Vic Gatrell.
- “Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain,” by Charlotte Higgins.
- “The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead,” by Carl Watkins.
Reynolds has previously won Britain’s Wolfson History Prize for “In Command of History,” an assessment of Winston Churchill’s war leadership and writings.
The award will be presented April 10 during a ceremony in London.