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'The Flyer' Recognized for Academics, Accessibility

History professor Martin Francis was named runner-up for the Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award.

Date: 1/28/2010
By: Kim Burdett
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At a ceremony on Jan. 12 in London, Henry R. Winkler Associate Professor of History Martin Francis was named runner-up for the 2009 Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award for his latest book “The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945.”

Martin Francis.
Martin Francis, Henry R. Winkler Associate Professor of History.

The award is made jointly by British publishers Longman-Pearson and History Today magazine to foster wide appeal and enthusiasm for the field of history. The recipient “will have contributed significantly to making its subject accessible and rewarding to the general reader of history and will display innovative research and interpretation in its field,” according to History Today’s Web site.

“I’m pleased to be the runner up because it’s an award that recognizes works of both academic scholarship and popular history,” Francis says. “I’ve always been a big believer in pushing the frontiers of scholarship while also sharing the rewards of innovative research with as many people as possible. For that reason, I was very pleased to hear that others think my book is accessible to the general public.”

The book, published by Oxford University Press, analyzes the Royal Air Force and British culture within the context of World War II. The judges credited Francis for offering “a wonderfully fresh attempt to explore the culture of the Second World War RAF flyer and the story of masculinity in the mid-20th century.”

Francis worked on the book with funding from the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, and is quick to give credit to the center and the Department of History for his recognition.

Read more:

Flying High
History Professor Martin Francis studies British culture and the Royal Air Force in his new book published by Oxford University Press.


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