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Mark Gilbert

2018 Chair of Jury

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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. 

The 2018 Shortlist 

Anne Applebaum
Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine
Penguin Random House (UK, CAN, US)

Ron Chernow
Head of Zeus (UK)
Penguin Random House (CAN/US)

Caroline Fraser
Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little, Brown (UK) Metropolitan Books (CAN/US)

Joshua Freeman
Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World
W.W. Norton & Company (UK, CAN, US)

Tim Grady
A Deadly Legacy: German Jews and the Great War
Yale University Press (UK, CAN, US)

Maya Jasanoff
The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
HarperCollins (UK)
Penguin Random House (CAN, US)

David I. Kertzer
The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius XI and The Emergence of Modern Europe
Oxford University Press (UK)
Penguin Random House (CAN, US)

Sam White
A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America
Harvard University Press (UK, CAN, US)

2018 Key Dates

25 September
Shortlist of eight announced at Canada House, London

31 October
Three finalists announced at Massey College, Toronto

14-15 November 
Cundill History Prize Lecture & Festival, McGill University, Montreal

15 November
Cundill History Prize Gala and winner announcement, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

2018 Jury

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

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Maya Jasanoff is a Professor of History at @Harvard, and specialises in the history of the British Empire. Her titl… https://t.co/pP4Q4zA5OQ
‘[Jasanoff] redefines the role Conrad played in helping us to comprehend the unequal, violent globalised world we l… https://t.co/Be1057Onlb
‘The Dawn Watch will win prizes, and if it doesn’t, there is something wrong with the prizes’ – Patrick French revi… https://t.co/eVJKwCfCWk
‘In writing about Conrad, I wanted to foreground the question of how to write a history’ – Maya Jasanoff talks to… https://t.co/sPXLYdWwbY

The Cundill History Prize

Past Winners

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