The award-winning US environmental historian J.R. McNeill will chair the jury for the 2022 Cundill History Prize.
The professor at Georgetown University is the author, among many other titles, of the milestone Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World (2000), which argued that human activity during the 20th century led to environmental changes on an unprecedented scale, largely due to a global energy system built around fossil fuels.
J.R. McNeill said: “In 2022, public events remind us once more that history is always with us shaping our world and our lives. The need for works of history that combine the highest scholarly standards with appealing prose is as urgent as ever. The Cundill History Prize shines a spotlight on exactly that sort of book. I look forward to working with fellow jurors on our task.”
Survivors: Children's Lives after the Holocaust
Yale University Press
The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Blood on the River: a Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast
The New Press
Rector and President, Central European University
DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University
Professor of Modern Chinese Studies in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford
Professor of History and Politics, Ashoka University
Professor of History in the department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
Jennifer L Morgan