Amanda Foreman, Roy Foster, Rana Mitter, and Jeffrey Simpson join Margaret MacMillan as jurors of the 2017 Prize.

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Margaret MacMillan

2017 Chair of Jury

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The Cundill

2016 Finalists

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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. 

“History — good, readable, evidence-based history — is part of the toolbox of democracy. We live in a challenging world and it is more important than ever to understand ourselves and others, where we came from and where we might be going, and only history can provide those insights.”

Margaret MacMillan
2017 Chair of Jury

Key Dates

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

The 2017 Jury

Find out more about our distinguished jury for the Cundill History Prize.

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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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