Cundill Prize

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The Cundill Prize in History at McGill University (or simply Cundill Prize) 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 the largest non-fiction historical literature prize in the world.[1][2] In addition, two ‘Recognition of Excellence’ prizes of $10,000 U.S. each are awarded.[2] 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). [2]

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.”[3]

Honorees[edit]

2013[edit]

Grand Prize[4]

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

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2012[edit]

Grand Prize[5]

  • Stephen Platt, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, The West, and The Epic Story of The Taiping Civil War

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

2011[edit]

Grand Prize [6]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2010[edit]

Grand Prize[2]

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2009[edit]

Grand Prize

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

Jury Members

2008[edit]

Grand Prize

Recognition of Excellence Prizes

  • Harold J. Cook, Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age
  • Peter Fritzsche, Life and Death in the Third Reich

Jury Members

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b c d "British historian wins McGill's Cundill book prize", The Montreal Gazette, November 15, 2010
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Press Release (21 November 2013). "Ann Applebaum wins 2013 Cundill Prize". McGill University. Retrieved 24 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Press Release (10 December 2012). "Stephen Platt wins 2012 Cundill Prize at McGill". McGill University. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Mark Medley (November 14, 2011). "Sergio Luzzatto wins 2011 Cundill Prize in History". National Post. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 

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