A new take on the Aztecs, a study of the expulsion of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands in the 1930s, and a sweeping exploration of the East India Company are among the books nominated for a major history award.
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)
Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War
by Vincent Brown
(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
by William Dalrymple
India in the Persianate Age: 1000-1765
by Richard M. Eaton
(University of California Press/Penguin)
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry that Unravelled the Middle East
by Kim Ghattas
(Headline/Henry Holt & Co)
Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter
by Kerri Greenidge
The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017
by Rashid Khalidi
(Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company)
Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate
by Paul Lay
(Head of Zeus)
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory
George Hunter, a Canadian photography
pioneer, has passed away in Mississauga at the age of 91. Hunter, a long-time National Film Board photographer captured the disappearing nomadic Inuit way of life in Canada's Arctic.
His career spanned 70 years and took pictures all over Canada, the United States and the world. he considered himself as a visual historian and "Canada's Location Photographer". Two of his pictures have been used on Canadian paper bills - salmon ($5 bill) and a petro-chemical plant ($10 bill).
Hunter took pictures for many news sources and high profile clients including the Winnipeg Tribune, Expo 67, and the Royal Family. In the fifties after leaving the National Film Board, Hunter learned how to fly, purchased a Piper Cub and soon became an expert at low-level photography. In the 60s he built a photography bus (complete with a 7 metre ladder on the roof for high-angle shots) and spent ten years traveling across Cana…