Cundill Prize

The Cundill History Prize (formerly the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature[1]) was founded in 2008 by Peter Cundill to recognize and promote literary and academic achievement in history. The prize is presented annually to an author who has published a non-fiction book in the prior year that is likely to have profound literary, social, and academic impact in the area of history. At a value of $75,000 U.S., the Grand Prize is claimed to be the richest non-fiction historical literature prize in the world.[2][3] In addition, two "Recognition of Excellence" prizes of $10,000 U.S. each are awarded.[3] The winners of the Prizes are selected by an independent jury of at least five internationally qualified individuals selected by McGill University. The Cundill Prize in History at McGill is administered by McGill University's Dean of Arts, with the help of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC).[3]

When the Prize was announced in April 2008, Mr. Cundill noted that he "… was surprised to learn there were no major prizes in history." He explained his affinity to history: "I am an investment researcher of finance and I think there is an analogy between the two disciplines – both study the past to understand the present and predict the future."[4]

HonoreesEdit

2019Edit

Grand Prize[5]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • Mary Fullbrook, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice
  • Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States

Jury Members

2018Edit

Grand Prize[6]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • Caroline Fraser, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Sam White, A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America

Jury Members

2017Edit

Grand Prize[7]

  • Daniel Beer, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2016Edit

Grand Prize[8]

  • Thomas Laqueur, The Work of the Dead: A Cultural History of Mortal Remains

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • David Wootton, The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution
  • Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt's New World

Jury Members

2015Edit

Grand Prize[9]

  • Susan Pedersen, The Guardians: The League of Nations and the crisis of Empire

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • Sven Beckert, Empire of Cotton: A Global History
  • Bettina Stangneth, Eichmann before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (translation by Dr. Ruth Martin)

Jury Members

2014Edit

Grand Prize[10]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

  • David Frum, Marla R. Miller, Stuart Schwartz, Thomas H.B. Symons, Althia Raj

2013Edit

Grand Prize[11]

  • Anne Applebaum, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2012Edit

Grand Prize[12]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and Its Causes
  • Andrew Preston, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy

Jury Members

2011Edit

Grand Prize [13]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2010Edit

Grand Prize[3]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2009Edit

Grand Prize

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2008Edit

Grand Prize

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members


See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Robertson, Becky (19 May 2017). "Cundill Prize rebrands for its 10th anniversary". The Quill and Quire. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d "British historian wins McGill's Cundill book prize", The Montreal Gazette, November 15, 2010
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "British scholar Julia Lovell wins McGill-run history prize for book on Maoism". www.citynews1130.com. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  6. ^ "Walking in Joseph Conrad's footsteps, Maya Jasanoff Wins 2018 Cundill History Prize". McGill. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  7. ^ Van Koeverden, Jane (November 17, 2017). "Daniel Beer wins $75K US history writing prize for The House of the Dead". Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Work of the Dead wins Cundill Prize in Historical Literature". McGill University. November 18, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Press Release (November 2, 2015). "2015 Cundill Prize Winner". McGill University. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Mark Medley (November 21, 2014). "Gary Bass wins Cundill Prize in Historical Literature". The Globe and Mail.
  11. ^ Press Release (21 November 2013). "Ann Applebaum wins 2013 Cundill Prize". McGill University. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  12. ^ Press Release (10 December 2012). "Stephen Platt wins 2012 Cundill Prize at McGill". McGill University. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  13. ^ Mark Medley (November 14, 2011). "Sergio Luzzatto wins 2011 Cundill Prize in History". National Post. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2012.

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