Welcome to the Society for Military History

Established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 the Society for Military History, the Society is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today more than 2700) has included many of the world's most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.


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New Mark Grimsley Fellow in Social Media

We are please to announce that Tracy Barnett has been selected as the 2018-2019 Mark Grimsley Fellow in Social Media.  Tracy is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, studying the American Civil War under the direction of Dr. Stephen Berry. Examining the perceptions of militiamen in the Confederacy, her dissertation, tentatively titled “Armed, Drunk, and Dangerous: Southern Militiamen in Civil War Era,” connects nineteenth-century citizen-soldiers to their local communities, the Confederate armies, and Richmond politics. Incorporating recent scholarship on Confederate nationalism, generational conflict, and portraying the Civil War as a “family war,” she argues that mid-nineteenth-century militiamen based their wartime actions on their perceived role as white men, citizens, fathers, husbands, and loyal Confederates.
 
Tracey will be replacing Heather Salazar. Welcome Tracy and well done Heather!


Coffman Prize Submission Deadline Extended

The submission deadline for the Society for Military History First-Manuscript Prize has been extended from January 15th to January 31st. The prize is awarded annually to an author who has not previously published a scholarly book-length manuscript. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history and to authors of studies centering on campaigns, leaders, technology, and doctrine. The winning author receives a cash award, a plaque, and, after successful editorial review, a publication contract with the University of North Carolina Press.

The submission process for the Coffman Prize can be found here.


Call for Papers: Young Scholars (BA & MA Students)

The Society for Military History (SMH) is pleased to call for papers for several special sessions by Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. students) during the 85th Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of Louisville’s College of Arts & Sciences and the Department of History in Louisville, Kentucky.

For the 2018 meeting, the SMH hopes to present several panels or posters by B.A. and M.A. students. The goal of this new initiative is to highlight excellent research by students below the Ph.D.-level and promote them and their work for a future career in our field.

The program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Landscapes of War and Peace.

All proposals must be submitted by January 15, 2018. For more information, go to the 2018 Young Scholars CFP.


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