Announcements and Events

Because of the coronavirus, the 25th Annual James A Barnes Club Graduate Student History Conference is going virtual on Saturday, March 21. We are going to be holding all panels and the awards ceremony (which will recognize the best two papers given in military history).

The SMH has been a longtime sponsor of the Barnes Club Conference because so many of the papers it showcases deal with military affairs.  With upcoming academic conferences being canceled for health reasons, military historians living in self-imposed isolation might like to hear the work of the next generation to populate our field.
This link will take you to the Barnes Club Conference schedule, which offers clickable links that would permit anyone to attend panels via Zoom. The conference organizers also prepared a separate set of instructions for utilizing that technology.

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center recently completed the first year of a 5-year project to digitize 24,000 linear feet of their historical collection. As a component of the project, they introduced a new content management hosted system, and they are now soliciting feedback for the interface and search functions. AHEC is still developing the interface of the search engine, and they want user input!  This is one of the reasons AHEC built in a Search Tips component in the menus, why they placed "Ask us a Question" right up front, and why they included a User Survey.  The input received from users will help refine the system, and make materials more accessible. You can access the keyword searchable online system by visiting and clicking on “Explore.”

The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2020 by the International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) 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 IJMH in 2020, either in print or as an advance article online. 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

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, 2015. Submissions for the 2020 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2020 by the latest. Please see the journal webpage for information on how to submit ( In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (

Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:

Hosub Shim, for the article “The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War”, published in print in Volume 40, No. 1; published online in 2019 as an Advance Article.

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

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

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.

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.

Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front Lines

Registration is now open for “Reporting World War II: American Correspondents at the Front- Lines” at: This international conference at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City, April 23-24, 2020, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who will examine how American journalists and newspapers covered World War II. It intends to consider war-time reporting prior to the entrance into the conflict and how American correspondents followed GIs across the globe after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Among the themes to be explored are the role of the journalist as an objective reporter, a propagandist, an intelligence agent, and a witness to history. Papers will consider the contributions of African American, Jewish, and women reporters as journalists and the unique work of correspondents serving in uniform.

“Reporting World War II” is organized by the Contemporary History Institute at Ohio University, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Fordham University Press, and Stars and Stripes. Major support for this conference was provided by Iron Mountain and the Office of the Provost at Florida State University with additional funding from Adam Matthew, the Society for Military History and the Student Veterans Center at Florida State University.

For further information contact: G. Kurt Piehler, Director, Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at

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 in partnership with the Centre for War and Diplomacy 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 (including footnotes), should be submitted to Dr Sophie Ambler,, by 24 April 2020, 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.

Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)

Vernon Press invites original book proposals and translation proposals for previously published books (from English to Spanish or Spanish to English) for as part of our Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)initiative. We welcome proposals for both edited volumes and single-author books in a range of disciplines.

We accept manuscripts written in either English or Spanish, as well as bilingual edited volumes written in both English and Spanish. Specifically, the call is open to the following categories of scholarly manuscripts:

•    Original English-language manuscripts: to be considered for publication in English (subject to peer review) and subsequent to publication, translated into and published in Spanish (subject to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Original Spanish-language manuscripts: to be considered for publication in Spanish (subject to peer review) and subsequent to publication, translated into and published in Spanish (subject to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Previously published manuscripts in English for which the authors maintain the rights to a Spanish translation: to be considered for translation and publication in Spanish (subject to peer review and to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Previously published manuscripts in Spanish for which the authors maintain the rights to an English translation: to be considered for translation and publication in English (subject to peer review and to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Bi-lingual and/or translingual manuscripts written in English and Spanish: to be considered for simultaneous publication in the US and Spain. (subject to peer review).

The comprehensive scope of this call includes all of our current series, as well as any other works which are situated within the sphere of the social sciences and humanities.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, contact the editors at

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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:  Any questions can be sent to

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.

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

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