Announcements and Events

DISSERTATION PRIZE
ICMH André Corvisier Prize for Ph.D. Theses in Military History
VII edition – 2023

1. The International Commission of Military History (http://www.icmh-cihm.org/en/) awards the “André Corvisier Prize for Ph.D. theses in Military History”, named after the distinguished French scholar who served for ten years as President and later as President of Honour of ICMH.

2. The Ph.D. degree can be awarded in any academic discipline and is not restricted to Military History only. However, the thesis must deal with Military History in the broadest sense: the history of warfare, military campaigns, the armed forces, military thought and philosophy, diplomatic aspects of conflicts, causes and effects of wars, defence economics, civil-military relations, military technology, military leadership, and demographics of military forces. To be eligible, applicants must come from a country where there is an ICMH National Commission or, if there isn’t one, they must apply and be accepted as ICMH Individual Affiliate Scholars.

3. For the 2023 edition, the prize will be awarded for a Ph.D. thesis approved in 2022 at a recognized university. The amount of the Prize is fixed at € 3,000 plus a maximum of € 1,500 to cover the recipient’s expenses for participation at the award ceremony during the XLVII ICMH Congress in Istanbul in early September 2023.

4. Candidates must send a scanned certificate of their Ph.D. degree, a curriculum vitae, and a PdF copy of their thesis to ICMH Vice President, Dr. Harold E. Raugh Jr. (INFFAOHER7@aol.com) before 31st Jan 2023.

5. The thesis may be in any language; however, a translation in any of the ICMH official languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) is required if the language employed is different. This applies also to the scanned certification of the Ph.D. title and to the curriculum vitae.

6. The Prize will be awarded by a Jury of seven persons, chaired by the ICMH President and including the members of the ICMH Executive Board and the President and the Secretary of the ICMH Educational Committee. With the approval of the ICMH President, members of the Jury unable to participate may designate a substitute. The Jury may decide not to award the Prize if no thesis is considered worthy or may decide to award it ex aequo to two doctors, dividing the amount of money. The Jury’s decisions are taken by simple majority; in case of parity of votes the President’s vote determines the decision.

7. The winner will be required to write an article drawn from his thesis to be published in the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, after peer review.

8. Requests for any further information should be addressed to Dr. Raugh.
The President of the International Commission of Military History Massimo de Leonardis Professor (ret.) of History of International Relations and Institutions Department of Political Sciences of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy


BOOK PRIZE
Announcing the Center for Presidential History Book Prize, awarded annually for a distinguished book published in English, in any aspect in the field of United States presidential history, broadly defined. The CPH Book Prize was established in 2022 thanks to a generous gift from a supporter of the SMU Center for Presidential History.

The current prize amount is $2,500. The author will receive an invitation to give the annual CPH Book Prize Lecture at Southern Methodist University during the prize calendar year. The CPH will pay all author's travel expenses and deliver the prize at the lecture.

General Rules for Submission

  1. The prize is designed specifically to encourage early career scholars, so the entry must be the
    author’s first substantial book. Books submitted must be non-fiction monographs. Pamphlets, anthologies, edited works, books of essays, and other similar-scale efforts will not qualify. Textbooks in the strict sense of the word are not eligible, but a work of wide scope which interprets a major period or area would certainly qualify.
  2. Books published in English bearing a copyright of 2022 are eligible for the 2023 prize.
  3. Nomination submissions may be made by an author or by a publisher. Publishers may submit as
    many entries as they wish.
  4. There is no fee for participation. Publishers do not need to enclose a letter of nomination.
  5. The author need not be a citizen or resident of the United States. The book need not be published in the United States.
  6. Nominators must complete this online submission form (https://smu-forms.libwizard.com/id/013f125984c294a48b6502099690e558) for each book submitted.
  7. FIVE copies of each entry must be sent to the Center for Presidential History and clearly labeled “CPH Book Prize Entry.” Print copies are preferred. If only electronic copies are available, please
    contact the prize administrator before submission to verify submission format.
Please Note: Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2022, to be eligible for the 2023 prize. Entries will not be returned. Award recipient will be announced on the CPH website in February 2023 and recognized during the CPH Book Prize Lecture at SMU within the same year.

For questions, please contact the prize administrator at rspitz@smu.edu.

Mailing address for entries:
Center for Presidential History
ATTN: CPH Book Prize Entry
Southern Methodist University
PO Box 750512
Dallas, TX 75275


COLD WAR ESSAY CONTEST
John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
 
For the eighteenth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best-unpublished papers on Cold War military history. The contest promotes innovative scholarship on Cold War subjects.

Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; Cold War alliances; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges. The essay may embrace a U.S. or global focus.

Prizes: First prize will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second prize, $1,000 and a plaque; and third prize, $500 and a plaque.

Procedures: Writers should send their entry electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, November 4, 2022. Please make your submission as a MS Word document and limit your essay to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in December 2022. The first-prize winning essay will appear in The Journal of Military History.

Submissions to: adamscenter@vmi.edu
 
Questions to:

Dr. M. Houston Johnson V
Interim Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
johnsonmh@vmi.edu
540-464-7840

or

Ms. Deneise Shafer
Administrative Assistant
shaferdp@vmi.edu
540-464-7338
Fax: 540-464-7246

Online at: http://www.vmi.edu/adamscenter

On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/acmhsa

On Instagram: @vmiadamscenter


RICHARD W. LEOPOLD PRIZE
The Richard W. Leopold Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to historical scholarship that focuses on America and the world, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography created by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian. These subjects cover the concerns and the historical fields of activity of the late Professor Leopold, who was president of the OAH 1976–1977. Eligible projects for the Leopold Prize can be books or edited volumes, but they can also include other forms of historical scholarship and documentation including public history projects, exhibitions, podcasts, documentary film, and digital history projects. We invite entries that explore the multiple forms of engagement in the spheres of America in the world and U.S. military history or address the diversity of federal government activities and of biographical subjects. Entries could explore, but are not limited to, high politics, the state and political economies along with social and cultural history, imperial history, Indigenous history, and transnational histories of racial formation, gender and sexuality, or labor.

The prize was designed to improve contacts and interrelationships within the historical profession where an increasing number of history-trained scholars hold distinguished positions in governmental agencies and museums.

The prize recognizes the significant historical work being done by historians outside the academy.

Each entry must be published, uploaded, or installed during the two-year period January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

The prize will be presented at the 2024 OAH Conference on American History in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 11–April 14.

Submission Procedures
The winner must have been employed as a full-time historian or federal contract historian in a U.S. government agency or museum for a minimum of five years prior to the submission. If the author has accepted an academic position, retired, or otherwise left federal service, the submission must have been created within two years of their separation date. Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.

One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2024 Richard W. Leopold Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2023.

For books and edited volumes, bound page proofs may be used if they are to be published after October 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2024. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2024. (Please see “Submission Policy” at right.)

If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct time frame making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.

For nonbook entries, appropriate documentation of the project along with evidence that it was publicly available from October 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2024, should be sent to each member of the committee. That documentation will necessarily vary by genre of entry but could, for example, include a catalog for an exhibition, a URL for a digital history project, active links to discrete episodes of a podcast, or for documentary film instructions for streaming.

The final decision will be made by the Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee by February 2024. The winner will be provided with details regarding the OAH Conference on American History and awards presentation. By applying for this prize, you are agreeing to the OAH’s use of your data however it is needed in the normal course of business if selected as winner or honorable mention. Read our privacy policy here.

Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee
John Worsencroft (Committee Chair)
16 Lake Forest Hills
Shreveport, LA 71109
[Affiliation: Louisiana Tech University]
Please e-mail the title(s) you are submitting for consideration so the committee can verify that all books have been received: johnw@latech.edu

Chad H. Parker
University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Department of History
554 Griffin Hall
141 Rex Street
Lafayette, LA 70503

Nicole Sackley
3209 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
[Affiliation: University of Richmond]

DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2023

Please send as soon as possible to allow for any mail delays that might occur.

Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail sent to the publisher from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.


NARA RESEARCH ROOM OPERATIONS
The Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, has announced the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA's) plan (https://historycoalition.org/letter-from-the-archivist-reopening-research-rooms-11-8-21/) for resuming research room operations. In-person access to research rooms is dependent on local health conditions and several requirements are in place to ensure the safety of both staff and patrons. Research room visits will be by appointment only. The new requirements are detailed below. The most up-to-date information about NARA's reopening can be found at https://www.archives.gov/Coronavirus.

NARA is utilizing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission levels (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7030e2.htm#T1_down) to determine when research rooms can be fully reopened while ensuring maximum safety for customers and employees. County transmission levels are available on the CDC website at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.

To summarize:

  • At high transmission levels, a limited number of staff may volunteer to be on-site to complete certain work that must be done on-site. No research rooms will be open.
  • At substantial or moderate transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete core work and research rooms will open at a limited capacity by appointment only.
  • At low transmission levels, staff will be on-site to complete all types of work, and research rooms are expected to remain open by appointment only. 


SEEKING TRANSCRIBERS
Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" (https://airforcehistory.net) seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.

The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.

For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!

The process is simple:
1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance)
2. Review some directions for the site.
3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.
4. Take a survey.

THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at dabyrd4@gmail.com. Thanks, Dave

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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

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