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McGill announces 2017 Cundill History Prize longlist

The longlist for the 2017 Cundill History Prize, administered annually by Montreal’s McGill University for the best history writing in English, has been revealed. The prize is the richest in the world for the genre, awarding $75,000 to the recipient and $10,000 each to two runners-up.

University of Quebec history professor Christopher Goscha is the sole Canadian to make the list this year, alongside authors from the U.S., Australia, Austria, and the U.K.

A jury chaired by historian Margaret MacMillan selected the following 10 titles:

  • Daniel Beer, The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars (Knopf Canada)
  • Christopher de Bellaigue, The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times (Liveright)
  • Christopher de Hamel, Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World (Penguin Press)
  • Frances FitzGerald, The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America (Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Christopher Goscha, Vietnam: A New History (Basic Books)
  • Joe Jackson, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Lyndal Roper, Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet (Vintage Canada)
  • Walter Scheidel, The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press)
  • Stephen Smith, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 (Oxford University Press)
  • Heather Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy (Pantheon Books)

A three-person shortlist will be announced in late October. The winner will be honoured at a gala in Montreal on Nov. 16.