The Cundill History Prize Exhibition

Julia Lovell has won the 2019 Cundill History Prize for her book, Maoism: A Global History (The Bodley Head, Knopf).

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 on an exhibition on the main floor of the Redpath Library Building showcasing the eight shortlisted books for this year’s prize:

  • Julia Lovell, Maoism: A Global History (Winner)
  • Mary Fulbrook, Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (Finalist)
  • Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States (Finalist)
  • Sunil Amrit, Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History
  • Helen Berry, Orphans of Empire: The Fate of London’s Foundlings
  • David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
  • Toby Green, A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution
  • Victoria Johnson, American Eden: David Hosack, Botony, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Accompanying the exhibition is a display of library copies of this year’s nominees and past finalists that readers can borrow.

Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory?

Yesterday, after much anticipation, the United States government released more than 2800 previously-classified documents on the John F. Kennedy assassination. Included in the collection are letters, memos, diplomatic cables and other internal government documentation. Archival sources like these are useful and important primary sources that can be used in historical and political research papers.

The McGill Library subscribes to two databases that provide access to just these sorts of unclassified documents: the Digital National Security Archive and US Declassified Documents Online.

These rich collections contain detailed information not only on US domestic issues, but also on international relations and activities in countries around the world. Along with such freely-available collections as the CIA FOIA Electronic Reading Room and the Foreign Relations of the United States, researchers have access to a wealth of once-hidden government files.

What secrets will you uncover?

Board games available for loan

Did you know that the library lends board games? The following titles are perfect for a snowy winter’s day:

All are available for two-week loans at the service desk in the McLennan Library. Just bring the call number to a staff member.

And please don’t lose any pieces…