Society for Military History

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The Society for Military History is a United States-based international organization of scholars who research, write, and teach military history of all time periods and places. It includes Naval history, air power history, and studies of technology, ideas, and homefronts. It publishes the quarterly refereed Journal of Military History.

An annual meeting is held every year. Recent meetings have been held in Frederick, Maryland, from April 19–22, 2007; Ogden, Utah, from April 17–19, 2008; Murfreesboro, Tennessee 2–5 April 2009; Lexington, Virginia 20–23 May 2010; Cantigny First Division Foundation, Lisle, IL 9–12 June 2011 with the theme "Ways of War"; Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA 10–13 May 2012 with the theme "The Politics of War"; New Orleans, LA 14–17 March 2013 with the theme "War, Society and Remembrance"; Kansas City, MO April 3–6, 2014 with the theme “Transformational Conflicts: War and its Legacy Through History” [1] The 82nd Annual Meeting had the theme "Conflict and Commemoration: The Influence of War on Society" and was held on April 9–12, 2015 in Montgomery, Alabama.[2] The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History with the theme “Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries” was held April 14–17, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[3]

The Society also sponsors sessions on military topics at the annual Northern Great Plains History Conference.

The society was established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 as the Society for Military History. It has over 2,300 members including many prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.[4] Membership is open to anyone and includes a subscription to the journal.


Officers (as of 2014) are:[5]

  • President Dr. Gregory J. W. Urwin
  • Vice President Dr. Bill Allison
  • Executive Director Dr. Robert H. Berlin
  • Treasurer Dr. Graham A. Cosmas
  • Journal Editor Dr. Bruce Vandervort
  • Recording Secretary & Photographer Thomas Morgan
  • Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Dr. Kurt Hackemer
  • Archivist Paul A. Thomsen

Former Presidents[edit]


The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, stretching over time and showing a range of scholarly work contributing significantly to the field. Recent winners include:[6]

Distinguished Book Awards[edit]

The Society's Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best books written in English on military history, broadly conceived.[7]





  • Samuel J. Watson, Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 and Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846
  • Geoffrey Parker, War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
  • George W. Gawrych, The Young Ataturk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey
  • Spencer C. Tucker, editor, American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection


  • Richard S. Faulkner, School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces
  • Robert M. Citino, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943
  • Geoffrey Roberts, Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
  • Clayton R. Newell and Charles R. Shrader, Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done: A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War


  • John Sloan Brown, Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005
  • Mark Peattie, Edward Drea, and Hans van de Ven (eds.), The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945
  • Mungo Melvin, Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General
  • Steven E. Clay, US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 (4 vols.)


  • Chad L. Williams, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
  • Peter H. Wilson, The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
  • John MacFarlane, Triquet’s Cross: A Study of Military Heroism
  • Clifford J. Rogers, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology


  • Daniel E. Sutherland, A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
  • Edward J. Drea, Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945
  • J.P. Harris, Douglas Haig and the First World War
  • Spencer C. Tucker, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars


  • Ingo Trauschweizer, The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War.
  • Jamel Ostwald, Vauban Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession.
  • Andy Wiest, Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN.
  • Philip Sabin, Hans van Wees, and Michael Whitby, eds. The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare.


  • Jon Latimer, 1812: War with America
  • John Lawrence Tone, War and Genocide in Cuba, 1895-1898
  • Martha Hannah, Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War.
  • Spencer C. Tucker, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social and Military History


  • John Grenier, The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814.
  • Robert A. Doughty, Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War.
  • Adrian Goldsworthy, Caesar: Life of a Colossus.
  • Peter Karsten, ed. Encyclopedia of War and American Society. 3 vols.


  • H. P. Willmott, The Battle of Leyte Gulf: The Last Fleet Action
  • George Satterfield, Princes, Posts and Partisans: The Army of Louis XIV and Partisan Warfare in the Netherlands (1673-1678)
  • Steven E. Woodworth and Kenneth J. Winkle, Atlas of the Civil War
  • Colin White, ed., Horatio Nelson, The New Letters


  • Edward M. Coffman, The Regulars: The American Army, 1898-1941
  • Robert M. Citino, Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare
  • James T. Controvich, United States Army Unit and Organizational Histories: A Bibliography


  • George C. Rable, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!
  • Terry Copp, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
  • Joshua Brown, ed., A Good Idea of Hell: Letters from a Chasseur a Pied
  • Michael J. Crawford, ed., The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History: Volume III 1814-1815


  • Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
  • Hew Strachan, The First World War. Volume I: To Arms
  • Stuart Hills, By Tank Into Normandy: A Memoir of the Campaign in North-West Europe From D-Day to VE Day
  • David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political and Military History (3 vol)


  • Mark Stoler, Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliances, and U.S. Strategy in World War II
  • Ronald H. Spector, At War At Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century
  • Robert H. Ferrell, editor, for William S. Triplet, A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne, A Colonel in the Armored Divisions, and In the Philippines and Okinawa


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