The 2019 Shortlist

Sunil Amrith

Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History

Basic Books (US), Allen Lane (UK)

Helen Berry

Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London’s Foundlings

Oxford University Press (UK, US)

David Blight

Frederick Douglass: American Prophet

Simon & Schuster (US)

Mary Fulbrook

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

Oxford University Press (UK)

Toby Green

A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution

The University of Chicago Press (US), Allen Lane (UK)

Victoria Johnson

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Liveright Publishing (US)

Jill Lepore

These Truths: A History of the United States

W. W. Norton & Company (US)

Julia Lovell

Maoism: A Global History

The Bodley Head (UK), Knopf (US)

Read more about all shortlisted titles here, and the announcement at the Canadian Consulate in New York here.

Sunil Amrith Unruly Waters Basic Books
Helen Berry Orphans Of Empire Oxford University Press
David Blight Frederick Douglass Simon Schuster
Mary Fulbrook Reckonings Oxford University Press
Toby Green A Fistful Of Shells University Of Chicago Press
Victoria Johnson American Eden Liveright
Jill Lepore These Truths W  W  Norton
Julia Lovell Maoism Bodley Head

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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.

2019 Jury

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


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RT @briandistelberg: Hurrah for @sunilamrith--his brilliant book UNRULY WATERS has been shortlisted for the 2019 @CundillPrize! https://t.c…
RT @jayjamescarter: Congratulations to everyone on the @CundillPrize shortlist. Glad to see a China historian like Lovell on the list...loo…
RT @HistoryExtra: “From injustice in post-Holocaust Europe to the lingering legacy of slavery in the United States, the authors shortlisted…