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INSIDE ILLINOIS, Jan. 19, 2012   [ Email | Share ]

Debasish Dutta
"Evening's Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe," by Craig Koslofsky, a UI professor of history.

Craig Koslofsky, a professor of history, was named the winner of this year’s Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award for his book “Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe.” The award, announced at a ceremony in London Jan. 11, goes to the best first or second history book, as determined by a panel of judges.

Koslofsky’s book was selected from a list of six finalists announced in December, all of them published in the United Kingdom during the previous 12 months. The judges described the book as “methodologically bold and brilliantly original,” according to History Today.

“Evening’s Empire” tells the story of how Europeans moved from fearing the night to embracing it, roughly between 1500 and 1700, well before the age of electricity.

The book award is one of several established by History Today Ltd. and the book publisher Longman Pearson Education to promote the study, publication and accessibility of history to a wide audience.

A news release about the book is online.

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