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Manpower & Morale after Tet
Saturday, April 27, 2019
University of Kansas

Please join us for a historical symposium on manpower and the problem of morale in the period following the 1968 Tet Offensive. The symposium will be held at the University of Kansas, and is sponsored by the U.S. Army Center of Military History (CMH) and Kansas University’s Center for Military, War, and Society Studies. Experts on the Vietnam war will evaluate the morale “crisis” so widely reported in both the U.S. press and internal military documents and then discuss the solutions—from the obvious to the unexpectedly creative—that military leaders attempted during the final years of the conflict.

For more information and free registration, see http://ipsr.ku.edu/military/tet/


PRIZE COMPETITION
The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2019 by
the International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH)

(formerly International Bibliography of Military History, (IBMH) of the Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH))

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography invites submissions for its IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize.

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) has been continuously published (from 1978 to 2015 as the International Bibliography of Military History – IBMH), on behalf of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), which can trace back its origins to 1938. The journal offers its readers and authors a platform that includes original research articles on any military historical topic from antiquity to the contemporary period that can appeal to an international readership.

The Prize will be awarded to an academic article of outstanding quality in the field of international military history written by a graduate student or an early-career scholar, which will have been published in the 2019 volume (39) or the 2020 volume (40) of IJMH. The author of the winning article will be officially announced in the journal and on the journal’s website, and receive a €1,000 cash prize. See past years’ winners below.

In line with IJMH’s general guidelines, submissions should be an original contribution to the field of military history that is of interest to an international readership, e.g., a topic involving more than one nation and, preferably, based on multi-archival research. There is no chronological limitation. IJMH publishes articles ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period, provided that the subject is historical and the methodology fulfils academic standards.

Submission Requirements
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. The submitted work has to comply with the journal’s style sheet, be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit www.brill.com/ijmh.

The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institution, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2014.

Submissions for the 2019 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2019 by the latest. Please see the journal webpage for information on how to submit (www.brill.com/ijmh). In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (m.wyss@lancaster.ac.uk).

Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:

2018
Zoë Rose Buoanaiuto, for the article "A Grave Reconciliation: The Establishment of German War Cemeteries in Normandy, 1944-1964," published in Volume 38, No. 2.

2017
Gaj Trifković, for the article "The Forgotten Surrender. The End of the Second World War in Yugoslavia," published in Volume 37, No. 2.

2016
John V. Clune, for the article "UN Peacekeeping and the International Men and Women of the Ghana Armed Forces," published in Volume 36, No. 1.

2015
Kwong Chi Man, for the article “'They Are a Little Afraid of the British Admiral': The China Station of the Royal Navy during the First Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895," published in Volume 35, No. 2.


PRIZES ANNOUNCED
The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce the winners of its three annual book prizes.

Elvis’s Army Cold War GIs and the Atomic Battlefield by Brian McAllister Linn is the winner of the 2017 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and July 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1946 to 2001. Elvis’ Army was published by Harvard University Press. Brian Linn is Professor of History and Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and an Olin Fellowship at Yale University. Linn has been a visiting professor at the Army War College and a Fulbright Fellow at the National University of Singapore and the University of Birmingham.

With Their Bare Hands: General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon by Gene Fax is the winner of the 2017 Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and June 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1898 to 1945. With Their Bare Hands was published by Osprey Press. Gene Fax is an engineer by training who founded The Cadmus Group, Inc. He spent seventeen years researching and writing this book. Fax’s grandfather served in the 79th Division in the First World War.

The Army of the Potomac in the Overland and Petersburg Campaigns by Steven E. Sodergren is the winner of the inaugural Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published between January 2016 and July 2017 covering any topic in U.S. Military History from 1775 to 1897. The Army of the Potomac was published by Louisiana State University Press and also won the 2018 William E. Colby Award. Steven Sodergren is Associate Professor and Chair of the History and Political Science Department at Norwich University.


CONFERENCE NOTIFICATION
 
Vietnam War Symposium


CONFERENCE PROGRAM RELEASED
The conference program for the upcoming "Post-War Transitions in Europe: Politics, States and Veterans (1918-1923)" meeting has been released. The conference will be held March 28-30 at the University College Dublin Centre for War Studies. Conference registration is due by February 1st. Click the link above for details.


PRIZE COMPETITION
The Merriman Prize 2018-19

The Merriman prize is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day. Offered by the Department of History at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250.
 
Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:
 
• The rise and fall of great powers
• The treatment of non-combatants
• Diplomacy and peace-making
• Strategy and tactics
• Battles and operations
• Wars of propaganda
• Weaponry
• Intelligence
 
Essays, of 2,500 to 3,000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography), should be submitted to Dr Sophie Ambler, s.ambler@lancaster.ac.uk, by 15 March 2019, together with a brief covering letter, which must include the name of your university and title of your degree, signed by a member of your faculty confirming that you are a current undergraduate.

For details of Lancaster’s MA International and Military History, see lancaster.ac.uk/history/masters


NEW PRESS
Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
 
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars: 

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors” signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  1. Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  2. Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  3. Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
 Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at http://www.leverpress.org/authors/.


SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT
Joint Force Quarterly seeks history submissions for its “Recall” Section
 
Joint Force Quarterly, published by the National Defense University Press, is looking for articles of 2,500 - 5,000 words or less for its Recall section.  Recall focuses on historical issues often of contemporary relevance to the joint force.   JFQ is the Chairman's joint military and security studies journal designed to inform and educate national security professionals on joint and integrated operations; whole of government contributions to national security policy and strategy; homeland security; and developments in training and joint military education to better equip America's military and security apparatus to meet tomorrow's challenges while protecting freedom today.  Instructions for submission of articles is at: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx.  Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.


WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
Several books have been published in this series at Ohio University Press.

  • Geoffrey L. Rossano’s edited Hero of the Angry Sky: The World War I Diary and Letters of David S. Ingall’s, America’s First Naval Ace
  • Eugene D. Schmiel’s Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era
  • Steven M. Baule’s Protecting the Empire’s Frontier: Officers of the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment during its North American Service, 1767-1776
  • John A. Wood’s forthcoming Veteran Narrative and the Collective Memory of the Vietnam War
The series provides a venue for scholars of war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. The scope is broadly conceived to include:
  • military histories of conventional and unconventional conflicts on the North American continent
  • studies of peace movements and pacifist attitudes in North America
  • biographies of individuals and groups from North America who fought around the world and returned from those wars
  • examinations of institutional, political, diplomatic, religious, cultural, economic, or environmental factors that affected warfare on the North American continent
  • comparative analyses of military conflicts in North America 
Proposals for outstanding dissertation monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered. Because this series originally focused on the Midwest, proposals will continue to be considered on the upper Mississippi River valley, the Ohio River valley, and the Great Lakes region.  The series is co-edited by Ingo Trauschweizer of Ohio University and David Ulbrich of Rogers State University.  The series' editorial advisory board includes Janet Bednarek, Michael Doyle, Nicole Etcheson, Joseph Fitzharris, John Grenier, John Hall, Paul Herbert, James Westheider, and Lee Windsor.  http://www.ohioswallow.com/series/War+and+Society+in+North+America


CALL FOR WRITERS
Strategies & Tactics Press

We are looking to augment our current pool of writers at Strategies & Tactics Press. Founded in 1967, Strategy & Tactics magazine is the longest continually published military history magazine. In addition to Strategy & Tactics, we also publish World at War, which specializes in the Second World War and Modern War which specializes in Cold War/Current/Future conflicts.

All of periods of military history are desired. For submissions we are looking for the analytical aspect of the certain battle/conflict, not necessarily just the story or personal aspect of the battle (i.e. we focus on the “how and why” questions).

For more information, please contact:
Strategies & Tactics Press
Kyle Lockwood, Senior Editor
klockwood@strategyandtacticspress.com