Today McGill University announced the shortlist for the 2021 Cundill History Prize, prestigious nonfiction award that goes to a book that, alongside historical scholarship, “offers originality, literary quality, and a broad appeal.” The jury—chaired this year by Michael Ignatieff—will reward the winning historian a generous $75,000, and will honor two runners-up with the $10,000 Recognition of Excellence Award. Previous winners have included Thomas Laquer, Susan Pedersen, and Lisa Jardine.
Below are the shortlisted titles.
Manan Ahmed Asif’s The Loss of Hindustan: The Invention of India (Harvard University Press)
Rebecca Clifford’s Survivors: Children’s Lives After the Holocaust (Yale University Press)
Marie Favereau’s The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
Tim Harper’s Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries and the Assault on Empire (Penguin Press)
Martha Jones’s Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All (Hachette Book Group)
Marjoleine Kars’ Blood on the River: A Chronicle of Mutiny and Freedom on the Wild Coast (The New Press)
Emma Rothschild’s An Infinite History: The Story of a Family in France over Three Centuries (Princeton University Press)
Tyler Stovall’s White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea (Princeton University Press)