Sunil Amrith’s book shortlisted for Cundill History Prize

Harvard Historian Sunil Amrith’s “Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History,” has been shortlisted for the prestigious Cundill History Prize Administered by McGill University.

Each year, a $75,000 prize is awarded to a book that embodies historical scholarship, originality, literary quality and broad appeal. Two finalists receive $10,000 each.

The finalists will be announced in Toronto, Canada, Oct. 16. According to a university press release, Amrith’s book “follows monsoons, mountain rivers, and ocean currents to trace the dramatic history of water in South Asia, providing a new perspective on the region and urgent input into how to address global climate risks.”

Amrith is the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University. His research is on the trans-regional movement of people, ideas, and institutions.

Areas of particular interest include the history of public health and poverty, the history of migration, and environmental history. His most recent work has been on the Bay of Bengal as a region connecting South and Southeast Asia.

He has a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Research Fellow of Trinity College.

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