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US$75k Cundill History Prize shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2021 Cundill History Prize, which rewards ‘the best history writing in English’, has been announced.

The shortlisted books are:

  • The Loss of Hindustan: The invention of India (Manan Ahmed Asif, Harvard University Press)
  • Survivors: Children’s lives after the Holocaust (Rebecca Clifford, Yale University Press)
  • The Horde: How the Mongols changed the world (Marie Favereau, Belknap Press)
  • Underground Asia: Global revolutionaries and the assault on empire (Tim Harper, Allen Lane)
  • Vanguard: How Black women broke barriers, won the vote, and insisted on equality for all (Martha Jones, Basic Books)
  • Blood on the River: A chronicle of mutiny and freedom on the wild coast (Marjoleine Kars, The New Press)
  • An Infinite History: The story of a family in France over three centuries (Emma Rothschild, Princeton University Press)
  • White Freedom: The racial history of an idea (Tyler Stovall, Princeton University Press).

Three finalists will be announced on 20 October. The winner, awarded US$75,000 (A$102,900), will be announced on 2 December. Two runners-up will each receive US$10,000 (A$13,700).

Administered by McGill University in Montreal, the Cundill Prize is awarded annually to an individual from any country for a book that has had or is likely to have ‘a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history’. For more information about the prize, visit the university’s website here.


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