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 SMH Business Manager

We are pleased to welcome Lynne Johnson as SMH Business Manager. Lynne spent 36 years in the not-for-profit sector in southwestern Wisconsin working for a program for people with disabilities. She began her career as an administrative assistant and through retail knowledge and fundraising abilities, became director over the retail operations of six stores that provide essential profits to grow community programs. Throughout this period, she also served on a for-profit board and was continuously involved in fundraising efforts. After raising her two children in Wisconsin, she recently moved to Virginia to start a new chapter in her life. Her fiancé is an assistant professor of journalism at Washington & Lee University. She is enjoying becoming part of the community of Lexington through volunteer work for Project Horizon (a local program and shelter for victims of domestic or sexual abuse) and “drinking in” all that this historic region has to offer.

Lynne will be taking over from Roberta Wiener, who will now be able to focus full time on her responsibilities as Managing Editor of the Journal of Military History.

Welcome Lynne, and well done Roberta!


Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History

The Society for Military History and the Center for Military and Diplomatic History are pleased to offer the Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History. The prize is awarded to the author of the best essay of 5,000 to 8,000 words that uses military history to inform current international security problems. The prize is awarded at the Society’s awards luncheon. The awardee receives $1,000 and is reimbursed for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardee receives a paid trip to Washington, DC to deliver the essay’s findings to members of the national security policy community. Winning essays are considered for publication in the Journal of Military History.

Submission information for the 2018 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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