Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more
  • News
    • OUP title makes the shortlist for the Cundill History Prize

OUP title makes the shortlist for the Cundill History Prize

Released on September 30, 2020

OUP is delighted with the recent news that Professor Camila Townsend’s Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs has been shortlisted for the Cundill History Prize in what has been an especially significant year for how we think about history.

Although published shortly after the five hundredth anniversary of the arrival of Hernando Cortés in Mexico, Fifth Sun takes a radically different approach to Aztec history. Remarkably Fifth Sun is the first in-depth history of the Aztecs that is based solely on the annals written by the indigenous people themselves and this enables Prof. Townsend to move away from traditional accounts from the point of view of the European settlers. This engaging revisionist history of the Aztecs explores the experience of a once-powerful people facing the trauma of conquest and finding ways to survive, offering an empathetic interpretation for experts and non-specialists alike.


Administered by McGill University, the Cundill is the best-endowed award for history with a grand prize of $75,000. This marks the second year in a row that one of our authors has been recognized following Prof. Mary Fulbrook’s important work Reckonings making the final last year and Susan Pedersen’s win in 2015 for the comprehensive The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire among other longlisted OUP authors.


Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors, and best of luck to Camilla. We look forward to the finalist announcement next month.