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History success continues

A book co-edited by an Edinburgh historian is continuing to receive plaudits for its contribution to military history.

Senior lecturer Dr Jeremy Crang has been awarded the Templar Medal with co-editors Edward Spiers and Matthew Strickland for A Military History of Scotland.

The prize is bestowed by the Society for Army Historical Research, celebrating the most significant literature published each year relating to the British, Commonwealth or Dominion armies.

Array of awards

This is the latest commendation the historical anthology has received.

Last year it also won the highly regarded Saltire Scotland Award for Scottish History Book of the Year.

A triumph

The book has more than 30 chapters - including contributions from Dr Crang and five further Edinburgh scholars. The comprehensive anthology took six years to complete.

Professor Ewen Cameron, Chair of the Edinburgh University Press Committee, described the book as a triumph.

In particular, he praised the book’s innovative approach to military history with chapters on themes such as Scottish military music and the Scottish soldier in art and literature.

We are delighted to have been recognised with this host of esteemed awards. The book was a major team effort and we are very grateful to all our contributors, and to Edinburgh University Press, for their support for the project.

Dr Jeremy CrangSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology

Templar Medal

The Templar Medal has been awarded annually since 1982. The prize was founded to commemorate the life and achievements of Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer, best known for his defeat of the guerrilla rebels in Malaya between 1952 and 1954.

Further Medals have been awarded to W. Philpott for his book Bloody Victory: Sacrifice on the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century.

Saltire Award

The Scottish Saltire Society History Book of the Year Award was established in 1965 and created in memory of historian and writer, Agnes Mure Mackenzie.

The Award is presented annually to a work of significant Scottish historical research.