Montreal professor longlisted for $75K U.S. international history writing prize

Christopher Goscha is nominated for the Quebec-based Cundill History Prize for Vietnam: A New History.
Vietnam: A New History by Quebec professor Christopher Goscha is on the Cundill Prize longlist. (

Université du Québec à Montréal professor Christopher Goscha has made the longlist for the Cundill History Prize. The $75,000 U.S. ($92,077.50 Cdn) prize recognizes the best history writing in English. It is based at McGill University and is open to authors of any nationality.

Goscha is nominated for the book Vietnam: A New History, which describes modern Vietnam — home to over 50 ethnic groups — and the historical machinations that resulted in this diverse nation. He has been teaching international relations, the history of colonial and postcolonial Indochina, among other subjects, at the Université du Québec à Montréal since 2005.

Goscha, who was born in the United States, is the only Canada-based writer on the 10-title longlist.

The longlist, chosen by a jury chaired by Canadian historian and University of Oxford professor Margaret MacMillan, also includes:

  • Black Elk by Joe Jackson
  • Blood in the Water by Heather Thompson
  • Martin Luther by Lyndal Roper
  • Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel
  • The Evangelicals by Frances FitzGerald
  • The House of the Dead by Daniel Beer
  • The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Bellaigue
  • Russia in Revolution by Stephen Smith
  • The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel

The 2017 shortlist will be announced on Oct. 26, 2017.


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