2023 Shortlist

The Huxleys: An Intimate History of Evolution

Alison Bashford | The University of Chicago Press


Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China’s Cultural Revolution

Tania Branigan | Faber & Faber (UK), W. W. Norton (US)


The Declassification Engine: What History Reveals About America’s Top Secrets

Matthew Connelly | Pantheon Books


The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Breeding, and Race in the Renaissance

Mackenzie Cooley | The University of Chicago Press


Queens of a Fallen World: The Lost Women of Augustine’s Confessions

Kate Cooper | Basic Books (UK, US)


Dust on the Throne: The Search for Buddhism in India

Douglas Ober | Navayana


Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future

James Morton Turner | University of Washington Press


The Madman in the White House: Sigmund Freud, Ambassador Bullit, and the Lost Psychobiography of Woodrow Wilson

Patrick Weil | Harvard University Press


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Meet our 2023 Jury

2023 Cundill History Prize jury announced as international submission close for another record year

Spanning three continents and a breadth of historical fields from the modern Middle East, 19th Century Chile, North-American Indigenous studies, and the Mongol Empire, historians Marie Favereau, Eve M. Trout Powell, Sol Serrano, Coll Thrush, and author and The New Yorker writer and author Adam Gopnik, join chair Philippa Levine, to complete the 2023 Cundill History Prize jury, deliberating over another record year for submissions.

Philippa Levine said regarding the selection of her fellow jurors: “I’m honoured as well as thrilled to be working with colleagues as talented and brilliant as my fellow jurors. The depth and the range of their knowledge and expertise is humbling, and their enthusiasm for the job ahead of us is infectious.”


2023 Season Schedule

September 27

Shortlist Announcement

New York City

October 16

Finalists Announcement


November 7

The Cundill Conversation

with Vladislav Zubok, 2022 Finalist | Montreal

November 8

The Cundill Forum

with the three 2023 finalists | Montreal

November 8

The 2023 Winner Announcement


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