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The Cundill History Prize recognizes and rewards the best history writing in English. Administered by McGill University and awarded by a distinguished jury, the Cundill History Prize honours the abiding passion for history of its founder, F. Peter Cundill, by encouraging informed public debate through the wider dissemination of history writing to new audiences around the world. To find out the jury and more visit

2021 Shortlist

Click the book covers to see descriptions and check them out at the McGill Library.

You can also see the 2021 longlist here and find the finalist bibliography here.

To check out the shortlist bibliography click here



McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudensaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

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