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 The Journal of Military History.

Society for Military History
Formation1933; 90 years ago (1933)
HeadquartersGeorge C. Marshall Library, Lexington, Virginia, US


The society was established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 to the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 to the Society for Military History. It has over 2,300 members, including many prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.[1] Membership is open to anyone and includes a subscription to the journal.

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

Annual meetingsEdit

The Society typically holds a meeting in the first half of every year.

Recent meetings have been held in the following locations:[2]

Year Date Location Theme
2020 April 30-May 3
Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA “Policy by Other Means”
2019 April 30–May 3 Columbus, OH "Soldiers and Civilians in the Cauldron of War"
2018 April 5–8 Louisville, KY "Landscapes of War and Peace"
2017 March 30–April 2 Jacksonville, FL "Global War: Historical Perspectives"
2016 April 14–17 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada "Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries"
2015 April 9–12 Montgomery, Alabama "Conflict and Commemoration: The Influence of War on Society"
2014 April 3–6 Kansas City, MO "Transformational Conflicts: War and its Legacy Through History"
2013 March 14–17 New Orleans, LA "War, Society and Remembrance"
2012 May 10–13 Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA "The Politics of War"
2011 June 9–12 Lisle, IL "Ways of War"
2010 May 20–23 Lexington, Virginia "Causes Lost and Won"
2009 April 2–5 Murfreesboro, Tennessee "Warfare and Culture"
2008 April 17–19 Ogden, Utah "The Military and Frontiers"
2007 April 19–22 Frederick, Maryland "Crossroads of War"

Current and past presidentsEdit


Samuel Eliot Morison PrizeEdit

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:[4]

Distinguished Book AwardsEdit

The Society's Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best books written in English on military history, broadly conceived.[5]


  • Thomas A. Guglielmo, Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America's World War II Military, Oxford University Press
  • Wendy Goldman and Donald Filtzer, Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front during World War II, Oxford University Press
  • Ian Ona Johnson, Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War, Oxford University Press
  • Michael S. Nieberg, When France Fell: The Vichy Crisis and the Fate of the Anglo-American Alliance, Harvard University Press
  • Ruth Scurr, Napoleon, A Life Told in Gardens and Shadows, Penguin Random House
  • Karen Hagemann, Stefan Dudink and Sonya O. Rose, editors, Oxford Handbook of Gender, War and the Western World Since 1600, Oxford University Press.


  • Donald F. Johnson, Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution,University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021.
  • Alexander Mikaberidze, The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History, Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • Daniel Whittingham, Charles E. Callwell and the British Way in Warfare, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Aaron Sheehan-Dean, ed., The Cambridge History of the American Civil War, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Meighen McCrae, Coalition Strategy and the End of the First World War, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Alexander Watson, The Fortress: The Siege of Przemysl and the Making of Europe’s Bloodlands, Basic Books, 2020


  • Monica Kim, NYU, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History, Princeton University Press, 2019.
  • Geoffrey Robinson, UCLA, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, Princeton University Press, 2018.
  • Stephen Brumwell, Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty, Yale University Press, 2018.
  • Kelly DeVries, Loyola University, and Michael Livingston, The Citadel, eds., Medieval Warfare: A Reader, University of Toronto Press, 2019.
  • Thomas Dodman, Columbia University, What Nostalgia Was: War, Empire, and the Time of a Deadly Emotion, University of Chicago Press, 2019.


  • A. Wilson Greene, A Campaign of Giants: The Battle for Petersburg Volume 1: From the Crossing of the James to the Crater (Civil War America), University of North Carolina Press, 2018
  • Peter Guardino, The Dead March: A History of the Mexican-American War, Harvard University Press, 2018.
  • Gonzalo M. Quintero Saravia, Bernardo de Gálvez: Spanish Hero of the American Revolution, University of North Carolina Press, 2018.
  • Richard P. Tucker, Tait Keller, J. R. McNeill, and Martin Schmid, editors, Environmental Histories of the First World War, Cambridge University Press, 2018.


  • Christopher Phillips, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border
  • Ilya Berkovich, Motivation in War: The Experience of Common Soldiers in Old-Regime Europe
  • Steven L. Ossad, Omar Nelson Bradley: America’s GI General
  • Paul R. Bartrop and Michael Dickerman, The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection, (4 vols.)





  • 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



  • 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


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ See home page
  2. ^ "Past SMH Annual Meetings". The Society for Military History.
  3. ^ "Officers and Trustees". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. ^ "Samuel Eliot Morison Prize previous winners". Society for Military History.
  5. ^ "Distinguished Book Awards previous winners". Society for Military History.
  6. ^ Award listing, Society for Military History

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