Historian Marjoleine Kars wins McGill history prize

Professor Marjoleine Kars’ A History of The US after WW II published in Farrar, Straus and Giroux has been named the winner of the McGill-run Cundill History Prize. The $10,000 Cundill History Prize is…

Historian Marjoleine Kars wins McGill history prize

Professor Marjoleine Kars’ A History of The US after WW II published in Farrar, Straus and Giroux has been named the winner of the McGill-run Cundill History Prize.

The $10,000 Cundill History Prize is awarded to the best book of the year in a historical subject. Previous winners include scholars including Julia Bender, Peabody College history professor, and Slavoj Žižek, who took the $20,000 Cundill Prize last year for Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow , his provocative and yet accessible critical analysis of the state of humanity.

Professor Kars , born in Vienna, became a Fulbright Scholar and associate professor at the University of Maryland in 1990. A history of the postwar period for a generation, her book marshals critical scholarship on the decade of post-war American expansion in the Americas. It’s a narrative that plumbs the critical questions of national character – how we understand American history – that have encompassed and informed every generation of American history since the War of Independence.

The Cundill prize was established in 1990 as part of a legacy bequeathed to the University of Montreal’s (CUNY) Alfred F. Cundill Institute of American History and writes of “longstanding efforts to bolster the CUNY’s history faculty”.

Commenting on her prize, Professor Kars says, “I’m thrilled to share this honour with all my graduate students, students who mentored me over the years, and my colleagues, who are more than deserving of this recognition.”

The Cundill history prizes are presented by three distinguished faculty members appointed by the executive director of the CUNY institute and their nomination by the faculty of the departments in which they work.

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