British author Julia Lovell's book about Maoism wins $98K historical nonfiction prize
Maoism by British author Julia Lovell won the 2019 Cundill History Prize, a $75,000 U.S. ($98,842.50 Cdn) that recognizes the year's most accomplished work of historical nonfiction.
Lovell's Maoism explores the global legacy of Maoism and uncovers its impact in countries like India, France, Tanzania and modern-day China.
"Maoism is a history of ideas, deeply grounded in research, with well-developed characters — and a major contribution to various different literatures: the historiography of the Cold War, the literature that exists on decolonization and the history of Marxism in its various formations," said jury member Robert Gerwarth in a press release.
Lovell is a professor of modern China at the University of London. She is also a translator of Chinese literature into English.
Lovell's previous books include The Opium War and The Great Wall. She also translated Lu Xun's The Real Story of Ah-Q, and Other Tales of China.
The other finalists were American writer Jill Lepore's These Truths and British writer Mary Fulbrook's Reckonings. They will each receive $10,000 U.S. ($13,179 Cdn).
The full jury panel included Alan Taylor, Charlotte Gray, Rana Mitter, Jane Kamensky and Robert Gerwarth.
The 2018 winner was Maya Jasanoff for The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World.