The five-person jury of history experts on why history writing is important and how they will choose this year’s winner of the Cundill History Prize.
Ten years in operation, the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature is among the world’s highest paying prizes in the field, just as Canada’s Cundill Prize is in history awards.
Moving past Christopher Goscha on Vietnam and Walter Scheidel’s explication of violence as an historical driver, the Cundill History Prize goes to Daniel Beer in the UK.
The three finalists named for the Cundill History Prize focus on ‘big issues’ all of which have relevance to challenges dogging many societies today.
The Montreal-based Cundill History Prize longlist includes historians’ looks at Islamic culture, US evangelical faith, the Attica Prison uprising, and more.
‘We need the perspective of fine historical writing more than ever,’ says Rana Mitter, a juror for the 10th-anniversary Cundill History Prize.
In ‘formulating questions and providing warnings,’ Canadian author Margaret MacMillan’s work embodies the importance of history in today’s political moment.
The long-running biennial Festival America, originating in France, announces its first London installation, a four-day event with political and international social issues at the forefront.
‘The stratagems of politics, marriage, war, dynastic calculation, and religious oppression,’ say the jurors, put Giles Tremlett over the top for the Elizabeth Longford Prize. And Sisters in Crime makes a change in who can apply for the Eleanor Taylor Bland grant.
The notion that ‘a biographical approach is somehow a peculiarly female pursuit’ dogs the conversation around Andrea Wulf’s ‘The Invention of Nature.’