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Seeing the present through history's eyes

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The three 2020 Cundill History Prize finalists shared their take on history's contemporary significance with prize coordinator Mackenzie Bleho, who here distils their answers

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The Cundill History Hub collects short, insightful pieces of writing by some of the world's most eminent historians, authors and thinkers.


We aim to explore the intersection of the best historical scholarship and wider society; the role of the historian in the present day; and what history writing, at its best, can do for all of us.


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Rethinking the foundations of British history

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Historian and New Generation Thinker Christienna Fryar convenes the first MA in Black British History in the UK. Why have history departments in Britain been such inhospitable places for this study to flourish?

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Reading Towards History: The Books Behind The Authors

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The ten authors on the 2020 Cundill History Prize shortlist discuss books that have touched them, in an article compiled by prize coordinator Mackenzie Bleho.

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We do not get to choose our disasters one at a time

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Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University Sam White, a 2018 Cundill History Prize finalist, revisits a moment in time when a changing climate and the spread of infectious disease have collided before.

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History in the Covid era: A View from McGill

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Jason Opal, Chair of the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill, on the challenges of continuing the discipline of history through the pandemic.

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International — in a very Canadian way

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The Cundill History Prize is both Canadian and global — that is its great strength, writes leading historian Margaret MacMillan, Emeritus Professor of International History at Oxford University and Professor of History at the University of Toronto.

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Choosing the best

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Twice Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor, our 2019 Chair of the Jury, on why serving on the Cundill History Prize jury has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.

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Leading the charge in bringing the past to the public

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HistoryExtra's David Musgrove on a very worthy 2019 Cundill History Prize shortlist, and why he is delighted to be partnering with the Cundill History Prize to celebrate the best history writing out there.

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An exhilarating, absorbing trek

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Mark Gilbert, Professor of History and International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, on his experience as 2018 Chair of the Jury - and why the Cundill History Prize fully deserves the jury's hard work

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“But this changes everything!”

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Carol Berkin, Presidential Professor of History at CUNY, on how a Cundill History Prize finalist made her realise that she would have to revise every lecture she had ever written on the subject

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