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Cundill History Prize

Cundill History Prize
The Cundill History Prize logo
Awarded forHistory writing
CountryCanada
Presented byMcGill University
First awarded2008 (2008)
Websitewww.cundillprize.com

The Cundill History Prize is an annual Canadian book prize for "the best history writing in English".[1] It was established in 2008 by Peter Cundill and is administered by McGill University.[2][3] The prize encourages "informed public debate through the wider dissemination of history writing to new audiences around the world" and is awarded to an author whose book, published in the past year, demonstrates "historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal". No restrictions are set on the topic of the book or the nationality of the author, and English translations are permitted.[1][4]

At a value of US$75,000, the grand prize is the largest prize in the world for a work of non-fiction.[5][6] In addition, two "Recognition of Excellence" prizes of $10,000 each are awarded. For translated works, 80% of the prize goes to the author, and 20% goes to the translator.[4] The winners of the prizes are selected by a jury of prominent historians and writers chosen by McGill.[7] The Cundill Prize has been called "the closest approximation to a Nobel Prize for history".[8]

History

The Cundill International Prize in History was announced on April 17, 2008, at McGill University by Peter Cundill, a London-based investment manager and graduate of McGill. A grand prize of US$75,000, as well as two "Recognition of Excellence" prizes of $10,000, would be awarded once a year to authors whose books were "determined to have a profound literary, social and academic impact on the subject". Books were required to be published in English or French. Cundill said that he "was surprised to learn there were no major prizes in history" and added that "I'm an investment researcher of finance and I think there's an analogy between the two disciplines – both study the past to understand the present and predict the future."[2][3][9] The inaugural prize in November 2008 was administered by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill, along with the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).[10]

In 2010, the prize was renamed the Cundill Prize in History.[11] Cundill died on January 24, 2011,[12] and the 2011 prize was limited to books that were published in English.[13] The prize was retitled again in 2013 as the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature,[14] and the partnership with MISC continued up to 2016.[15] McGill relaunched the prize for its 10th year in 2017: it was renamed the Cundill History Prize, and the prize's logo and website design were overhauled.[16]

Recipients

Year Winner Finalists Jury
2008 Stuart B. Schwartz[17] All Can Be Saved: Religious Tolerance and Salvation in the Iberian Atlantic World Harold J. Cook[18] Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age Angela Schottenhammer, Denise Chong, Natalie Zemon Davis, Roger Chartier, Serge Joyal, and Timothy Aitken[19]
Peter Fritzsche[18] Life and Death in the Third Reich
2009 Lisa Jardine[20][21] Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory David Hackett Fischer[22] Champlain's Dream Angela Schottenhammer, Denise Chong, Kenneth Whyte, Roger Chartier, Serge Joyal, and Timothy Aitken[23]
Pekka Hämäläinen[22] The Comanche Empire
2010 Diarmaid MacCulloch[11][24] A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years Giancarlo Casale[25] The Ottoman Age of Exploration Adam Gopnik, Catherine Desbarats, Charles R. Kesler, Kenneth Whyte, and Lisa Jardine[26]
Marla R. Miller[25] Betsy Ross and the Making of America
2011 Sergio Luzzatto[13][27] Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age[a] Maya Jasanoff[29] Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World Anthony Cary, Catherine Desbarats, Jeffrey Simpson, Ramachandra Guha, and Stuart B. Schwartz[30]
Timothy Snyder[29] Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
2012 Stephen R. Platt[31][32] Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War Steven Pinker[33] The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes Charles R. Kesler, Garvin Brown, Jeffrey Simpson, and Vanessa Ruth Schwartz[34]
Andrew Preston[33] Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy
2013 Anne Applebaum[14] Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956 Christopher Clark[35] The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 Anthony Cary, Garvin Brown, Marla R. Miller, Sergio Luzzatto, and Thomas H. B. Symons[36]
Fredrik Logevall[35] Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
2014 Gary J. Bass[37][38] The Blood Telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a Forgotten Genocide Richard Overy[39] The Bombing War: Europe, 1939–1945 Althia Raj, David Frum, Marla R. Miller, Stuart B. Schwartz, and Thomas H. B. Symons[40]
David Van Reybrouck[39] Congo: The Epic History of a People[b]
2015 Susan Pedersen[42][43] The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire Sven Beckert[44] Empire of Cotton: A Global History Anna Porter, Anthony Cary, Chad Gaffield, David Frum, and Maya Jasanoff[45]
Bettina Stangneth[44] Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer[c]
2016 Thomas W. Laqueur[47][48] The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains David Wootton[49] The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution Anna Porter, David Frum, John Darwin, and Timothy Brook[50]
Andrea Wulf[49] The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World
2017 Daniel Beer[51][52] The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars Christopher Goscha[53] Vietnam: A New History Margaret MacMillan (chair), Amanda Foreman, R. F. Foster, Rana Mitter, and Jeffrey Simpson[54]
Walter Scheidel[53] The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century
2018 Maya Jasanoff[55][56] The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World Caroline Fraser[57] Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Mark Gilbert (chair), Carol Berkin, Caroline Elkins, Peter Frankopan, and Jeffrey Simpson[58]
Sam White[57] A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe's Encounter with North America
2019 Julia Lovell[59][60] Maoism: A Global History Mary Fulbrook[61] Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice Alan Taylor (chair), Charlotte Gray, Robert Gerwarth, Jane Kamensky, and Rana Mitter[62]
Jill Lepore[61] These Truths: A History of the United States
2020 Camilla Townsend[63][64] Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs Vincent Brown[65] Tacky's Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War Peter Frankopan (chair), Anne Applebaum, Lyse Doucet, Eliga Gould, and Sujit Sivasundaram[66]
William Dalrymple[65] The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
2021 Marjoleine Kars[67][68] Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast Rebecca Clifford[69] Survivors: Children's Lives After the Holocaust Michael Ignatieff (chair), Eric Foner, Henrietta Harrison, Sunil Khilnani, and Jennifer L. Morgan[70]
Marie Favereau[69] The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World
2022 Tiya Miles[71][72] All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake Ada Ferrer[73] Cuba: An American History J. R. McNeill (chair), Misha Glenny, Martha S. Jones, Yasmin Khan, and Kenda Mutongi[74]
Vladislav M. Zubok[73] Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union
2023 Tania Branigan[75][76] Red Memory: Living, Remembering and Forgetting China's Cultural Revolution James Morton Turner[77] Charged: A History of Batteries and Lessons for a Clean Energy Future Philippa Levine (chair), Marie Favereau, Adam Gopnik, Eve M. Troutt Powell, Sol Serrano, and Coll Thrush[78]
Kate Cooper[77] Queens of a Fallen World: The Lost Women of Augustine's Confessions

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Translated from Italian by Frederika Randall.[28]
  2. ^ Translated from Dutch by Sam Garrett.[41]
  3. ^ Translated from German by Ruth Martin.[46]

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