2020 Finalists

Vincent Brown
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

Belknap Press at Harvard University Press

William Dalrymple
The Anarchy: the Relentless Rise of the East India Company

Bloomsbury Publishing

Camilla Townsend
Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Oxford University Press USA


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2020 Season Calendar

The Cundill History Prize Festival
with two full days of events including:

The Cundill Lecture in History
delivered by 2019 winner Julia Lovell (Maoism)
in partnership with BBC HistoryExtra
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
1 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. BST

The Cundill Forum
A special evening with the three finalists
in partnership with CBC Ideas
Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The 2020 Winner Announcement
in partnership with HistoryHit TV & the Timeline YouTube channel
Thursday, December 3, 2020
1 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. BST

The 2020 Cundill History Prize is being brought to you in partnership with:

Peter Frankopan
Anne Applebaum
Lyse Doucet
Eliga Gould
Sujit Sivasundaram

2020 Jury

The Cundill History Prize is steering through one of the most challenging moments in recent world history with an exceptional international jury of prize-winning historians and journalists.

“This has been an extraordinary year for history writing, with some truly exceptional books that have changed how we look at the past. As we’ve all been learning during lockdown, making sense of the world around us has never been more important. I’m very excited by the outstanding panel that have agreed to judge the Cundill Prize this year – and to working with them to find the voices and ideas that have shown again why the study of history is so important.”

Peter Frankopan

Peter Frankopan
Anne Applebaum
Lyse Doucet
Eliga Gould
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Julia Lovell
2019 Winner

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.

2020 Jury

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


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