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.
With its hallmark requirement that expert academic works be readable by ordinary citizens, the 46-year-old Wolfson History Prize this year goes to a book on faith.
‘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.
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.
For generations, the story of the Greek Jews during the Holocaust was never told, but more recently willing publishers have tackled this important task.
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