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Winner of the 2019
Cundill History Prize

Julia Lovell

Maoism: A Global History

The Bodley Head (UK), Knopf (US)

Maoism is a revelation. Julia Lovell thoroughly explores the origins of Maoism in China, and then goes on to show us the many ways in which Maoist thought has influenced societies as different as Peru and Indonesia, Europe and the United States. Her book will dazzle readers with lucid and vivid insights into the power of a protean, and often deadly, ideology – and its enduring impact on our world today. Julia Lovell has written an exceptional work of history.”

Alan Taylor, Chair of the Jury

Read more about the winner announcement at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts here.

Julia Lovell At The Cundill History Prize Gala Tonight
Maoism By Julia Lovell

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

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.


Find videos, interviews and media coverage highlights in our new Media section.


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