Each year the Cundill History Prize, administered by McGill University and selected by an international jury, recognizes a book that “embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal.” It is the most lucrative prize of its kind, with winners receiving an award of US$75,000 and two runners-up receiving US$10,000.
This year’s finalists are:
Rebecca Clifford, Survivors: Children’s Lives After the Holocaust (Yale UP)
Marie Favereau, The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Marjoleine Kars, Blood on the River: a Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press)
The winner will be announced December 2nd.
To highlight the achievements of this year’s nominees, as well as those of previous years, the Humanities and Social Sciences Library has put together a book display on the main floor of the Redpath Library Building. It consists of longlisted, shortlisted, and finalist titles from the past several years. Please take a look and borrow one today!
As part of the Fiat Lux project, the McGill Library will be transferring a significant portion of the print collection in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library to a new storage facility. Space for 500,000 items will be available when the new library is completed, with the rest held remotely and available by request within a delay of 24 hours.
In order to ensure that both recent and highly used materials remain physically on campus, the library has produced a list of items that meet either of the following criteria:
Books published within the last 10 years
Books borrowed within the last 5 years
This list will serve as a first draft as we work towards the final list of material to remain on campus. Circulation history is the most reliable indicator that an item will be used again, therefore users would benefit overall from previously borrowed material staying on campus.
We understand that recency and loan history alone may not identify material that some of our users rely on in ways that placement in storage would negatively affect. Therefore, we are seeking input from faculty and students in order to identify any material that does not meet the above criteria, but which nevertheless would be beneficial to remain on campus for practical research or teaching needs.
Each year the Cundill Prize, administered by McGill University and selected by an international jury, recognizes the book the “embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal.” It is the most lucrative prize of its kind, with winners receiving an award of US$75,000 and two runners-up receiving US$10,000.
To highlight the achievements of these authors, the Humanities and Social Sciences Library has put together a virtual book display showcasing the ten shortlisted books for this year’s prize:
Roderick Beaton, Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation Vincent Brown, Tacky’s Revolt: the Story of an Atlantic Slave War William Dalrymple, The Anarchy: the Relentless Rise of the East India Company Richard M. Eaton, India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765 Kim Ghattas, Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unravelled the Middle East Kerri Greenidge, Black Radical: the Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter Rashid Khalidi, The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: a History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017 Paul Lay, Providence Lost: the Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate Claudio Saunt, Unworthy Republic: the Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory Camilla Townsend, Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs