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 .
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.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.
The Society typically holds a meeting in the first half of every year.
Recent meetings have been held in the following locations:
|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"|
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:
The Society's Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best books written in English on military history, broadly conceived.
Sir John Desmond Patrick Keegan was an English military historian, lecturer, writer and journalist. He wrote many published works on the nature of combat between prehistory and the 21st century, covering land, air, maritime, intelligence warfare and the psychology of battle.
The Battle of Caporetto was a battle on the Italian front of World War I. The battle was fought between the Kingdom of Italy and the Central Powers and took place from 24 October to 19 November 1917, near the town of Kobarid. The battle was named after the Italian name of the town.
The Military Revolution is the theory that a series of radical changes in military strategy and tactics during the 16th and 17th centuries resulted in major lasting changes in governments and society. The theory was introduced by Michael Roberts in the 1950s as he focused on Sweden 1560–1660 searching for major changes in the European way of war caused by introduction of portable firearms. Roberts linked military technology with larger historical consequences, arguing that innovations in tactics, drill and doctrine by the Dutch and Swedes 1560–1660, which maximized the utility of firearms, led to a need for more trained troops and thus for permanent forces. Armies grew much larger and more expensive. These changes in turn had major political consequences in the level of administrative support and the supply of money, men and provisions, producing new financial demands and the creation of new governmental institutions. "Thus, argued Roberts, the modern art of war made possible—and necessary—the creation of the modern state".
Panzer Battles is the English language title of Friedrich von Mellenthin's memoirs of his service as a staff officer in the Panzerwaffe of the German Army during World War II.
Sir Michael Eliot Howard was a British military historian, formerly Chichele Professor of the History of War, Honorary Fellow of All Souls College, Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford University, Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University and founder of the Department of War Studies, King's College London. In 1958, he co-founded the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Russell Frank Weigley(WY-glee) was the Distinguished University Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a noted military historian. His research and teaching interests centered on American and world military history, World War II, and the American Civil War. One of Weigley's most widely received contributions to research is his hypothesis of a specifically American Way of War, i.e. an approach to strategy and military operations, that, while not predetermined, is distinct to the United States because of cultural and historical constraints.
Noel Geoffrey Parker, FBA is a British historian specialising in the history of Western Europe, Spain, and warfare during the early modern era. His best known book is Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500–1800, first published by Cambridge University Press in 1988.
Jeremy Black MBE is a British historian and a retired professor of history at the University of Exeter. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
Robert M. Citino is an American military historian and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National WWII Museum. He is a leading authority on modern German military history, with an emphasis upon World War II and the German influence upon modern operational doctrine.
The American Civil War bibliography comprises books that deal in large part with the American Civil War. There are over 60,000 books on the war, with more appearing each month. Authors James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier stated in 2012, "No event in American history has been so thoroughly studied, not merely by historians, but by tens of thousands of other Americans who have made the war their hobby. Perhaps a hundred thousand books have been published about the Civil War."
The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) annual Outstanding Reference Sources awards are considered the highest awards honoring academic reference books or media,. Besides these awards, the American Library Association (ALA) also grants other medals and honors including the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction and the Dartmouth Medal for the "creation of a reference work of outstanding quality and significance." In addition, the ALA List of Notable Books for Adults, selected by the RUSA Notable Books Council, has been chosen yearly since 1944.
Clifford J. Rogers is a professor of history at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has also been a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Swansea University, an Olin Fellow in Military and Strategic History at Yale, and a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London.
Military history is a humanities discipline within the scope of general historical recording of armed conflict in the history of humanity, and its impact on the societies, cultures and economies thereof, as well as the resulting changes to local and international relationships.
This is a bibliography of works on the military history of the United States.
Spencer C. Tucker is a Fulbright scholar, retired university professor and an award-winning author of works on military history. He taught history at Texas Christian University for 30 years, and held the John Biggs Chair of Military History at the Virginia Military Institute for six years.
This is a bibliographyof works on World War II.
Edward John Drea is an American military historian. He deals especially with the Imperial Japanese Army and the Pacific War.