Eminent jury of world-leading historians to judge Cundill History Prize in record year for submissions 

Mark Gilbert

2018 Chair of Jury

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 Jury 

Mark Gilbert
Professor of History and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe

Carol Berkin
CUNY Graduate Center Baruch Presidential Professor of History 

Caroline Elkins
Harvard Professor of History and of African and American Studies and Pulitzer Prize-winning author  

Peter Frankopan
Oxford Professor of Global History and author of the best-selling book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World 

Jeffrey Simpson
Canada’s most decorated journalist and author, who has won all three of the country’s leading literary prizes, among other awards

2018 Key Dates

25 September
Shortlist announcement, London

End of October
Finalists announcement, 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

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Past Winners

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