‘A lot harder than it sounds’ to get right, Cundill History Prize jurors hail Maya Jasanoff’s ‘first-class historical writing’ on Joseph Conrad.
The Cundill History Prize, working its way down to a winner, has announced its ‘even shorter list’ of three finalists, with the winner to be named later this month in Montreal.
From studies of the Vatican and politics to climate change and factories’ impact on societies, the Cundill History Prize shortlist for this year is notable, according to the jury chair, for its authors’ craftsmanship.
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.