Susan Pedersen, Canadian Columbia University prof, wins $75K Cundill Prize for Historical Literature

Columbia University history professor Susan Pedersen took the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill.

Scoops grand prize for The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire

The winner of the 2015 Cundill Prize is Susan Pedersen for her book The Guardians: The League of Nations and the crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press). (Veronica Douglin/Cundill Prize)

Columbia University history professor Susan Pedersen took the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill.

The jury described The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire as "a riveting work of global history." (Cundill Prize)

Pedersen, a Canadian citizen, won the $75,000 US grand prize Monday night at a gala in Toronto for The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford University Press), described as "a riveting work of global history."

There were two other finalists for this year's prize:

  • American historian Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Hamburg-based philosopher Belinda Stangneth's Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer (Bodley Head).

They were each awarded a "Recognition of Excellence" prize of $10,000 US.

Now in its eighth year, the Cundill Prize is billed as "the world's most lucrative international award for a non-fiction book."

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