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.


Call for Nominations for the 2019 Samuel Eliot Morison Prize and the Edwin H. Simmons Award

Dear Colleagues
 
We are soliciting nominations for The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize and the Edwin H. Simmons Award, both of which will be presented at the 2020 SMH Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA.
 
The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize recognizes not one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, extending over time and reflecting a spectrum of scholarly activity contributing significantly to the field.  The Edwin H. Simmons Award recognizes distinguished and particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History. Previous winners can be found on the SMH website at https://www.smh-hq.org/awards.html
 
Nominations are due to me (ccfelker@msn.com) no later than 15 January 2020.  Submissions can come in any form (MS Word doc., pdf., email, etc.,) but not to exceed two pages.
 
Many thanks,
 
C.C. Felker
SMH Executive Director


Young Scholars Call for Papers Now Open!

The Society for Military History is pleased to call for papers for several special sessions by Young Scholars (B.A. and M.A. students) during its 87th Annual Meeting, hosted by the Army Historical Foundation in Arlington, VA. The goal of this initiative is to highlight excellent historical research by students who are not in PhD programs and promote them and their work. The program committee will consider proposals on all aspects of military history, especially encouraging submissions that reflect on this year’s theme, Policy by Other Means.

The full Young Scholars Call for Papers can be found here.


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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