Shortlist Announcement

September 19, 2019 - New York

Finalists Announcement

October 16, 2019 - Toronto

Winner Announcement

November 14, 2019 - Montreal

"It's fantastic to see a prize that rewards rigorous historical scholarship as much as it does powerful writing."

Maya Jasanoff, winner of the 2018 Cundill History Prize for The Dawn Watch

The 2019 Jury

Alan Taylor, Chair of the Jury - Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History, University of Virginia

“I am delighted to work with such an insightful and accomplished jury to evaluate the best-written works in history for the premier international prize in our field. The Cundill History Prize helps to advance literary quality as well as research originality in history writing.”

Charlotte Gray - Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History, Carleton University

“It is a great honour to serve on this distinguished jury for the most significant award in the field of history. I look forward to thinking about the interplay between excellent history and compelling writing as we assess the work of some of the world’s most skilled historians.”

Robert Gerwarth - Professor of Modern History, University College Dublin

“I’m delighted to serve on the jury for the 2019 Cundill History Prize. At a time of ‘post-truths’ and contested pasts, it seems more important than ever to celebrate outstanding works of history writing.”

Jane Kamensky - Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University

“During its eleven-year run, this prize has done a terrific job bringing fresh scholarship and sharp writing to international attention. The best history writing moves us as much as it teaches us. It shows us who we are and how we got here. Never have we needed those lessons more.”

Rana Mitter - Director of the University China Centre, University of Oxford

“I was truly impressed by the global and chronological reach of the books I read in my previous stint as a judge, which was a little like undertaking the world’s most intense history tutorial, particularly when we are living through times that future historians will no doubt think truly historic. I am hugely looking forward to reading and learning from another selection of some of the most exciting works in history being written today.”

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Charlotte Gray
Robert Gerwarth
Jane Kamensky
Rana Mitter

Maya Jasanoff

2018 Winner

"Winning the Cundill History Prize was a wonderful and unexpected affirmation of a book which I viewed as something of a literary experiment, a history I worked just as hard to craft in prose as I did to research. It brought my work to new audiences, and gave me tremendous encouragement to keep trying to bring out the story within history. It's fantastic to see a prize that rewards rigorous historical scholarship as much as it does powerful writing."

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.

2019 Jury

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


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