Announcement made on Tuesday September 22 in the UK. Cundill Shortish list.

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This year’s shortlist of ten authors for the major history prize has been announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Cundill History Prize has been revealed.

The shortlist for the 2020 Cundill History Prize was revealed on 22 September in a virtual event hosted by chair of the jury Peter Frankopan and jurors Anne Applebaum, Lyse Doucet, Eliga Gould and Sujit Sivasundaram. The award, which celebrates the best of the year’s history writing from around the world, has expanded its shortlist from eight to ten authors for the first time. This year’s finalists will be announced on 20 October, with the winner set to be revealed in November.


The full shortlist is as follows:

Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

by Roderick Beaton

(The University of Chicago Press/Penguin)

Beaton, Roderick - Greece

Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War

by Vincent Brown

(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

Brown, Vincent - Tacky_s Revolt

The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company

by William Dalrymple

(Bloomsbury Publishing)

Dalrymple, William - The Anarchy

India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765

by Richard M. Eaton

(University of California Press/Penguin)

Eaton, Richard - India in the Persianate Age

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unravelled the Middle East

by Kim Ghattas

(Headline/Henry Holt & Co)

Ghattas, Kim - Black Wave

Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

by Kerri Greenidge

(Liveright Publishing)

Greenidge, Kerri - Black Radical

The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017

by Rashid Khalidi

(Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company)

Khalidi, Rashid - The Hundred Years_ War on Palestine

Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate

by Paul Lay

(Head of Zeus)

Lay, Paul - Providence Lost

Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

by Claudio Saunt

(WW Norton & Company)

Sant, Claudio - Unworthy Republic

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

by Camilla Townsend

(Oxford University Press USA)


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