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.


SMH 2020 Web Site Now Active

The conference website for the 2020 annual meeting is now active at http://armyhistory.org/smh2020/.

Registration is also live at https://armyhistory.regfox.com/smh2020-attendee-registration

The SMH 2020 Conference Program is now available! This document will be updated with Young Scholars panels but is otherwise complete.


Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History

The Society for Military History and the CSIS Project on History and Strategy are pleased to announce the annual Graduate Student Prize in Applied Military History. The prize will be 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. Contestants are permitted to use any historical period, place, or persons to offer insights into current international security issues. The competition is open to graduate students studying military history, including those pursuing a second degree. The application deadline is February 1 and the winner will be announced in early March.

The prize will be awarded at the Society’s awards dinner during the Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History, April 30-May 3, 2020. The awardee will receive $1,000 and will be reimbursed for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, the awardee will receive a paid trip to Washington, DC to deliver the essay’s findings to members of the national security policy community. The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the Journal of Military History.

Essays should be submitted in electronic form to Emma Bates at PHS@csis.org.


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