Margaret MacMillan

2017 Chair of Jury

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, the prestigious international Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing
in English.

Administered by McGill University in Montreal, the Cundill History Prize generously rewards the leading historians of our time, with US$75,000 going to the winner, and the two runners up each receiving a Recognition of Excellence Award, together with US$10,000. A distinguished jury is seeking the book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. Previous winners include Thomas W. Laqueur, Susan Pedersen, Lisa Jardine, Anne Applebaum, and Diarmaid MacCulloch. 

The 2017 Longlist

Black Elk by Joe Jackson
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux 

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy by Heather Thompson 
Pantheon Books

Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper 
Bodley Head

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel 
Allen Lane

The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald 
Simon & Schuster US

The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsar by Daniel Beer 
Allen Lane

The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher de Bellaigue 
W. W. Norton & Company

Vietnam: A New History by Christopher Goscha 
Basic Books

Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by Stephen Smith 
Oxford University Press

The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century by Walter Schneidel 
Princeton University Press

“Our longlist reflects the exciting and varied state of history today. The books on it cover subjects from Vietnam to Native American history and range in time from prehistory to the present. Their outstanding men and women authors come from around the world. It certainly wasn’t easy for our jury to whittle down over 300 entries into 10 but I am happy that we have come up with such a strong and interesting selection.”

Margaret MacMillan, Chair of the Jury

Key Dates

Submissions open – April 10, 2017 
Submissions close – June 16, 2017 
Longlist announced – September 26, 2017
Shortlist announced – October 26, 2017
Cundill History Prize Gala – November 16, 2017

The 2017 Jury

Margaret MacMillan is joined by Amanda Foreman, Rana Mitter, Roy Foster and Jeffrey Simpson to judge the Cundill History Prize in 2017.

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The Gala

Don't miss your chance to attend the Cundill History Prize Gala in Montreal on November 16, 2017.

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The Cundill History Prize

Past Winners

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