Announcements and Events
The Center for Cryptologic History is pleased to announce the upcoming 2013 Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture. The Schorreck Lecture is a series of historical lectures named in honor of the former NSA Historian. It is presented annually by preeminent scholars who address cryptologic issues with an historical perspective. Previous talks have been delivered by scholars in the field such as David Kahn, Christopher Andrew, John Ferris, and Stephen Budiansky.
The speaker this year will be Dr. Peter W. Donovan of the Department of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia. A renowned expert in several subfields of mathematics, as well as on cryptologic history, Dr. Donovan has conducted some of the most innovative and path-breaking work to date on the Allied effort to break Japanese encipherment systems in use during WWII. He will be presenting two separate lectures detailing the cipher war in the Pacific, including revelations about the weaknesses in the Japanese naval codes that the Allies exploited, all of which led to dramatic successes on the battlefield.
These talks are free and open to the public. They will be held in the Magic Room of the National Cryptologic Museum. There presentation and specific talks are listed below.
- Thursday, May 23 – 1000-1200: “Understanding the Allied Approach to Radio Intelligence in the Pacific Theatre during World War II”
- Friday, May 24 – 0930-1130: “The Thought Behind High-level Cryptological Discovery, 1930-1945”
For more information about this event, please contact the Center at 301-688-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Leeds is hosting a World War I Centenary Conference on 28th July – 1st August 2014. The conference theme is “The First World War in Retrospect,” and the program features a slate of notable speakers. Full details can be found at http://www.weetwood.co.uk/page.php/id=1581.
MARSHALL FOUNDATION RECEIVES UNIQUE COLLECTION FROM MARSHALL FAMILY
A collection of previously unviewed letters, photographs, scrapbooks, and other records from General George C. Marshall and his wife Katherine has been donated to the George C. Marshall Foundation by members of the Marshall family.
The documents in the collection are more personal than the official records documenting George C. Marshall’s army and government service, which comprise the Foundation’s extensive archives. The collection was donated by the Winn family, specifically James J. Winn, Jr., Ellene W. Winn, and Katherine T. Winn, who are grandchildren of Mrs. Katherine Tupper Marshall, George C. Marshall’s second wife.
“This new collection adds personal texture to the already rich, professional nature of our archives and helps us tell the remarkable story of General Marshall and the first half of the 20th century during which he was such an influential, strategic leader,” said Brian D. Shaw, president of the Marshall Foundation. “Students and researchers who view this collection will see a different side of General Marshall.”
The collection offers a glimpse into the rich, warm personal life of the former General of the Army, Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Nobel Peace Prize winner who was often regarded as distant and overly formal. Photographs of Marshall’s vacationing and working in the garden, and correspondence with Katherine and other family members and colleagues from past army assignments reveal a man who lived simply and enjoyed life despite having to grapple with some of the world’s biggest problems during the first half of the 20th century. In addition, the collection contains diaries and photographs of Marshall’s “victory” tour of World War I battlefields with General John J. Pershing.
Members of the public as well as scholars and researchers may see some of the items by appointment with the Marshall Research Library staff.
THE SEARCH IS ON -- for a new editor for the Journal of America's Military Past. JAMP is an academic journal, published three times a year, featuring articles on America’s physical military heritage such as historic installations and battlefields -- as well as articles on or by American military figures. We strive for a mix of scholarly and general interest articles. We have a robust book review section, with its own editor. We are small and informal but dedicated.
CAMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to military history and historic preservation whose members are a mix of military veterans and amateur and professional historians. The preferred candidate will have an advanced degree in history or a related field, as well as some editorial experience. This is a volunteer position, ideally suited for an up-and-coming academic or official historian.
Electronic copies of recent issues are available as samples so you can see the Journal as it now appears. Information about CAMP can be found at campjamp.org.
Please reply by 1 June 2013 to Nick Reynolds, the current editor, at: email@example.com.
CHINESE MILITARY HISTORY SOCIETY
The Chinese Military History Society will be holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the SMH on March 14, 2013 at the conference venue. Our theme is "Demythologizing Chinese Warfare." For more information:
Dr. Kenneth M. Swope
Department of History
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5047
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
BOOK SERIES EXPANDED
“WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA”
Two years ago, Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer and Dr. David Ulbrich established the book series “War and Society in the Midwest” at Ohio University Press. Now, this series has a new title with a broader focus. The co-editors invite proposals on war and society in areas now comprising the United States and Canada from the pre-colonial period to the present. Outstanding monographs, surveys, anthologies, or edited primary source collections will be considered on the following:
- 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
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
The Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH) encourages to submit contributions to the International Bibliography of Military History (IBMH), anytime. The deadlines for the two issues (due to be published in summer and in winter) are 1 April and 1 September, respectively.
All contributions should be sent to the editor-in-chief of the IBMH, Dr. Mauro Mantovani (firstname.lastname@example.org), and its scientific editor, Dr. Marco Wyss (email@example.com).
Specific editorial standards apply for the traditional short reviews (notices) of recently published scholarly books of major national and international significance. Please contact the editors for more details.
As to the peer reviewed historiographical articles (dealing with the state of military history in a specific ICMH member country or with a significant military historiographical issue) and review articles (discussing an issue of major controversy and significance covered by a number of recent publications), there are also some editorial standards applicable, see: http://www.brill.nl/files/brill.nl/specific/authors_instructions/IBMH.pdf.
Dr. Brad Lookingbill is editing A Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn Campaign, which is scheduled for publication by Wiley-Blackwell during 2015. The book is part of the “Blackwell Companion to American History” series, which for years has focused on broad topics or eras in U.S. history. He is inviting authors to write chapters not already commissioned for the forthcoming volume. The 25 chapters will focus on aspects of American Indian history, military campaigning, and/or historical memory.
Each of the commissioned chapters would be historiographical in scope and, as such, would require no new archival research. They should 1) discuss the state of scholarship on the topic, 2) highlight the most influential literature on the topic, and 3) illuminate pathways for future research. Each chapter should offer around 8,000 words and include a bibliography. In terms of audience, they are designed to appeal to upper-level undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students as well as other scholars in related fields. According to Wiley-Blackwell, the essays ought to be “lively, accessible, and engaging.”
Dr. Lookingbill would not need to receive the essays until late 2013, although he would gladly receive them as soon as possible. In return for the work, Wiley-Blackwell will compensate contributors with $300 worth of their books plus a copy of the hardcover on publication. In addition, contributors will receive a 40% discount on additional copies of the Companion and 25% off any other Wiley-Blackwell book in perpetuity.
If you are interested in writing for A Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn Campaign, then please contact Dr. Lookingbill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Oxford Bibliographies Graduate Student Article Award in Military History is now accepting nominations. This is an annual, invitation-only award that offers experienced doctoral candidates an opportunity to contribute to Oxford Bibliographies. The award is a great way for graduate students to draw attention to their work while also adding a peer-reviewed publication to their CVs. A rigorous selection and approval process will ensure that only the best contributions are published. Please visit http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/obo/page/grad-award for more information.