Dr Jake Dyble winner of the RHS Alexander Prize 2023

9 July 2023

Congratulations to our Jake Dyble who was awarded the prestigious Royal Historical Society Alexander Prize for the best article by an early career historian writing, or within two years of completing, a History PhD.

This is the article: 

Jake Dyble, ‘General Average, Human Jettison, and the Status of Slaves in Early Modern Europe’, Historical Journal, 65 (2022), 1197-1220

And this is the Judges’ citation

Jake Dyble tackles a major question regarding the history of the Transatlantic slave trade: how different was this trade to earlier types of enslavement? This is not only a problem for historians but a key issue in modern political debates—particularly with regard to restorative justice.

Dyble uses an ingenious method to uncover a clear answer to the conundrum. He uses legal cases regarding the jettison of cargo, including living animals or people, to determine that there was a significant shift in attitude towards the enslaved. The panel were impressed with the use of legal history but also the way in which the author was able to make a difficult technical topic comprehensible to non-specialists.

More information HERE.

In the very same days, he was also admitted to the second phase of Unipd’s STARS (Supporting Talent in ReSearch@University of Padua): https://www.unipd.it/stars

Well done!