Margarette Lincoln, Visiting Fellow in the Department of History at Goldsmiths has been nominated for the UK’s leading historical writing prize.
Lincoln’s Trading in War: London's Maritime World in the Age of Cook and Nelson is one of six books shortlisted for the £40,000 Wolfson History Prize 2019.
Harnessing little-known archival and archaeological sources to highlight the pervasive impact of the Revolutionary Wars, Trading in War (Yale University Press, 2018) is a vivid account of the forgotten citizens of maritime London who sustained Britain during the conflict.
It has been shortlisted alongside Building Anglo-Saxon England by John Blair; Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice by Mary Fulbrook; Birds in the Ancient World: Winged Words by Jeremy Mynott; Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis; and Empress: Queen Victoria and India by Miles Taylor.
Margarette Lincoln took up a visiting teaching position at Goldsmiths in 2015. She is also Curator Emeritus at the Greenwich Maritime Museum having served as Director of Research and Collections from 2001-2007 and Deputy Director between 2007 and 2015.
Her specialist research areas include maritime history, women’s history and the history of London. Books include 2014’s British Pirates and Society, 1680-1730, Naval Wives & Mistresses (2007), and Representing the Royal Navy: British Sea Power, 1750-1815 (2002).
On Trading in War, the judges said: “Covering crime and punishment, shipbuilding and repair, smuggling and much more, this lively account recovers the forgotten people of maritime London, the commercial centre which sustained a global empire.”
The winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2019 will be named at a ceremony at Claridge’s Hotel, London, on Tuesday 11 June.