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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The SMH has lost one of its most dedicated and stalwart members. Robert Harry Berlin, the long-time executive director of the Society of Military History, passed away Saturday, September 30th.  As many members already know, Bob was diagnosed just over six months ago with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) in the days leading up to our annual conference in Jacksonville. We paid tribute at the meeting to the lasting impact that Bob had on the SMH, an organization to which he was deeply committed. Bob requested that donations be made to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter or the Jewish food bank in his honor in place of flowers or funeral.  
In the coming days, we will be posting a memorial notice elsewhere on the SMH home page which will include a space for members to share their memories of Bob.

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.

Dear SMH Members, Colleagues, and Friends,

Going forward, SMH will utilize an online submission portal for the annual meeting, similar to those already in use at other large conference such as the AHA or OAH. We will no longer accept panel, roundtable, paper, and poster submissions via email. Please follow the instructions as outlined in the updated Call for Papers on the first page of the submission portal. The submission portal can be reached here: www.smh-hq.org/2018submissions.html.

Sincerely, SMH Program Committee.

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