Historians and authors Amanda Foreman, Roy Foster, Rana Mitter, and Jeffrey Simpson join Margaret MacMillan to judge McGill’s relaunched prize
McGill University’s Cundill History Prize received a record number of submissions in its 10th anniversary year: a wide range of trade and university presses from across Canada, the United States, the UK and Europe, as well as Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean submitted over 330 titles to the prestigious international prize – a two-fold increase from last year.
The historical topics are diverse in time, space and focus – spanning Antiquity to the 21st century – and represent many perspectives and approaches, including political, economic and military history and historical biography, as well as innovative studies of material culture, indigenous peoples, celebrity, communications, media, and crime.
The eminent historian Margaret MacMillan is the Chair of Jury in 2017. She is joined by an exceptional panel of historians and authors: the British-American historian and author Amanda Foreman, the award-winning Oxford Professor Roy Foster, the decorated Canadian journalist and author Jeffrey Simpson, and the Oxford Professor of Modern China Rana Mitter will judge the prize under her Chair.
The eminence of the jury further underlines the ambition of McGill University to relaunch the Cundill History Prize as the world’s most prominent champion of history writing – as a way to bring a better public understanding of the past at this critical time in world affairs.
The relaunch comes in the year Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary, and coincides with the 375th anniversary of Montreal, where the Cundill History Prize Gala will take place in November.
The Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English, with US$75,000 going to the Cundill History Prize winner, and the two runners up each receiving a Recognition of Excellence Award worth US$10,000. It is open to authors regardless of their nationality or place of residence, and translations are warmly welcomed.
For this first time this year, the prize will announce a longlist of 10-12 titles (at the end of September), in addition to a shortlist of six (October) and a group of three finalists. The finalists and winner will be announced at the Cundill History Prize Gala, to be held in Montreal on November 16.
The jurors have joined Margaret MacMillan in stressing history writing’s vital importance in the challenging world we live in.
The 2017 winner will join an impressive roll call of alumni, including the American historian Thomas W. Laqueur; the Pulitzer-prize winning historian and Washington Post journalist Anne Applebaum; the Italian historian Sergio Luzzatto; the Canadian-born Susan Pedersen ; and the late British public intellectual Lisa Jardine.
McGill has commissioned a new brand identity for the 10th anniversary, complete with a redesigned website at www.cundillprize.com.
The 2017 Cundill History Prize is sponsored by Burgundy Asset Management. The global investment manager has generously supported the prize over the last four years.
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