The 2019 Finalists

Mary Fulbrook

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

Oxford University Press (UK, US)

Jill Lepore

These Truths: A History of the United States

W. W. Norton & Company (US)

Julia Lovell

Maoism: A Global History

The Bodley Head (UK), Knopf (US)

Reckonings By Mary Fulbrook
These Truths By Jill Lepore
Maoism By Julia Lovell
2019 Finalists Group Shot Spines Out

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.

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September 19, 2019

Shortlist Announcement

Canadian Consulate, New York


October 16, 2019

Finalists Announcement

Massey College, Toronto

Coming up next:

November 13, 2019

Cundill History Prize Lecture: Maya Jasanoff

McGill University, Montreal

November 14, 2019

Cundill History Prize Gala

Winner announcement

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

Previous Winners

2018 | Maya Jasanoff
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World

2017 | Daniel Beer
The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

2016 | Thomas W. Laqueur
The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

2015 | Susan Pedersen
The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

2014 | Gary Bass
The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger and a Forgotten Genocide

2013 | Anne Applebaum
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956

2012 | Stephen Platt
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, And The Epic Story of The Taiping Civil War

2011 | Sergio Luzzatto
Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age

2010 | Diarmaid MacCulloch
A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

2009 | Lisa Jardine
Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland’s Glory

2008 | Stuart B. Schwartz
All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World

2019 Jury

Find out more about the eminent historians judging the 2018 Cundill History Prize here.


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Why does history matter? We asked Julia Lovell, historian and academic at @BirkbeckUoL, and author of the… https://t.co/aYfNp9cv7T
@NewYorker @wwnorton @McGillARTS @wwnortonUK The 2019 #CundillHistoryPrize jurors on why they chose These Truths by… https://t.co/IfwFaKpww5
RT @HistoryToday: 'History teaches us that there were many paths not taken, many futures dreamed but never realised, many possible worlds t…
Studying history tells us who we really are, writes @jennirsl in this excellent comment piece in @thetimes. https://t.co/vaLwcmwNf8

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