Saturday, November 16, 2019

Prize watch: Cundill Prize for Julia Lovell on Maoism

They gave out the Cundill Prize in History last Thursday in Montreal.   Maybe it's just my Toronto media bubble, but I saw no coverage and had to go looking.  

The winner is British historian Julia Lovell for Maoism: A Global History. The Cundill website has some brief filmed comments from the jurors about its qualities:  not just an appreciation of Mao's impact in China but also the curious histories of Maoism in places such as Peru, Indonesia, and the United States.  Indeed the jury filmclips give a strong case of the virtues of all three nominated books -- and present the jurors as the smart articulate bunch of historians they undoubtedly are. (Charlotte Gray is the lone Canadian.)
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