Anne Applebaum wins McGill University’s Cundill Prize

November 21, 2013 4:45 PM

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MONTREAL — Author Anne Applebaum has won the 2013 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill University for her book Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956.

The prize money is $75,000 U.S., the most lucrative international prize for a work on history.

Her book describes the circumstances that allowed Josef Stalin to convert a dozen countries to communism after the Second World War.

Applebaum is director of political studies at the Legatum Institute in London.

Two other finalists, Christopher Clark for The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went To War In 1914, and Fredrik Logevall for Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam, were given recognition of excellence prizes of $10,000 (US) each.

The Cundhill prize was created by McGill alumnus F. Peter Cundill in 2008. He died in January 2011.


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