The 2019 Shortlist

Sunil Amrith

Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History

Basic Books (US), Allen Lane (UK)

Helen Berry

Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London’s Foundlings

Oxford University Press (UK, US)

David Blight

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

Simon & Schuster (US)

Mary Fulbrook

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

Oxford University Press (UK, US)

Toby Green

A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution

The University of Chicago Press (US), Allen Lane (UK)

Victoria Johnson

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Liveright Publishing (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)

You can read more about all shortlisted titles here, and about the announcement at the Canadian Consulate in New York here.

Sunil Amrith Unruly Waters Basic Books
Helen Berry Orphans Of Empire Oxford University Press
David Blight Frederick Douglass Simon Schuster
Mary Fulbrook Reckonings Oxford University Press
Toby Green A Fistful Of Shells University Of Chicago Press
Victoria Johnson American Eden Liveright
Jill Lepore These Truths W  W  Norton
Julia Lovell Maoism Bodley Head

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

Coming up next:

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.


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@AAKnopf @TheBodleyHead 'The revolutionary idea that still shapes the world': An extract from Julia Lovell's Maoism… https://t.co/oUJr99MoOs
@AAKnopf @TheBodleyHead 'Maoism's greatest strength is its scope' - Another great review of Julia Lovell's Maoism i… https://t.co/4VgzH5ILSx
'Global Maoism is best understood less as a project driven by Chinese planning and cash than as a rather loose move… https://t.co/DrzA6Ul1l7
@AAKnopf @TheBodleyHead An expert on Chinese history, in this 2014 interview with @LAReviewofBooks Lovell discusses… https://t.co/Q9Nx0ppkYj

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