Announcements and Events

Three World War II scholars will discuss the “Myths of World War II” beginning at 5:30 pm on April 27 in the Pogue Auditorium at the Marshall Foundation in Lexington.

Dr. Michael C. C. Adams, Regents Professor of History Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University and author of The Best War Ever, will analyze the triumph of the Good War myth in the last years of the 20th century, its consequences, and then its ebb after 9/11.

Dr. Conrad C. Crane, chief of historical services for the Army Heritage and Education Center at Carlisle Barracks, will discuss numerous myths of the air war, the dangers of monocausal explanations about the defeat of Japan, and the misuse of historical analogies.

Dr. Mark A. Stoler, professor emeritus of history at the University of Vermont and editor of volumes 6 and 7 of The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, will explore myths about prewar appeasement and U.S. "isolationism," Pearl Harbor and U.S. entry into the war, the Grand Alliance and the Anglo-American "Special Relationship," and the American role in defeating the Axis Powers, and the impact of these myths on postwar U.S. foreign and military policies.

Reservations for this event are required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to [email protected] Seating will be first come, first served. Members and students will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

Guests are invited to see the new exhibition, “Six Degrees of Marshall,” in the Lower Gallery that evening. The exhibition uses an infographic to connect Marshall to people and programs important to both world wars.

The individuals who led in World War II—Marshall, Patton, MacArthur, Churchill, Roosevelt, Truman, among others—were involved in World War I. Their direct involvement in the first war informed their leadership and the decisions they made in the second. Marshall evolved from a battle planner and logistics genius into a global military strategist drawing on the knowledge and experience of coalition warfare and fighting on a global scale. As chief of staff of the U.S. Army during World War II, he operated both at the head of the US military and behind the scenes, establishing his reputation as the “organizer of victory” and as an indispensable man of World War II.

The exhibition Six Degrees of Marshall not only maps out Marshall’s connections to individuals who shaped him but those he selected to lead during World War II. The exhibition also features artifacts on loan from the MacArthur Memorial, General George S. Patton’s engraved pistol from the Virginia Military Institute Museum, a D-Day map carried ashore by Gen. Leonard Gerow, and World War I artifacts from the Marshall Museum’s own collection.

This event is a part of the Marshall Legacy Series and is being presented with sponsorship from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The George C. Marshall Legacy Series interprets General Marshall’s legacy during a four-year series of exhibitions, speakers and programs centered on key themes or episodes from General Marshall’s career.


Announcement Flyer

1918 - 2018: An International Conference
‘The End of the War & The Reshaping of a Century’
6th - 8th September 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Historical Research at the University of Wolverhampton in collaboration with the Western Front Association and the First World War Network for Early Career & Postgraduate Researchers

Keynote Contributions will include:

Professor Alison Fell (University of Leeds)
Dr Peter Frankopan (University of Oxford)
Professor John Horne (Trinity College Dublin)
Professor Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews)
Professor Jay Winter (Yale University)

2018 represents a major milestone in the history of the First World War, not least because it marks the centenary anniversary of the end of the conflict. This encompassing conference seeks to spotlight the latest research on the events of 1918 as well as the global significances, consequences, and legacy of this watershed year. It encourages international perspectives and seeks to encompass a wide range of historical approaches as well as cross-disciplinary insights.

The event will feature keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and what came afterwards, along with panel sessions from established and emerging academic researchers. Moreover, the event is being developed in collaboration with heritage agencies, museums, art galleries, funders, schools and community groups involved in First World War research, remembrance and events.

We ask you to ‘Save the Date’ and we invite expressions of interest from scholars (including early career and postgraduate researchers), independent researchers, organisations, groups and individuals interested in participating (as either contributor or attendee) in the conference. A formal call for papers will follow in summer 2017.

To register your interest or for any further enquires please contact: Dr Oliver Wilkinson ([email protected])

Keep up-to-date with all the latest event news at our website ( or by following us on twitter (@1918to2018)

The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2017 by
the International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH)

(formerly International Bibliography of Military History, IBMH) of the Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH)

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography invites submissions for its IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize.

The International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) has been continuously published (from 1978 to 2015 as the International Bibliography of Military HistoryIBMH), on behalf of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), which can trace back its origins to 1938. Traditionally its main focus was on book reviews and review articles. Since the journal’s move to Brill in 2011, there has been an additional emphasis on historiographical articles, and the portfolio has been enlarged to include original research articles.

The journal thus offers its readers and authors a platform that includes original research articles on any military historical topic from antiquity to the contemporary period that can appeal to an international readership. Historiographical and review articles cover issues of major significance or deal with the state of military history in a specific ICMH member country. The short reviews (in the “Bibliographical Records” section) discuss newly published books, which are of historiographical relevance either for the international military history community or for one of ICMH’s national commissions.

The Prize will be awarded to an academic article of outstanding quality in the field of international military history written by a graduate student or an early-career scholar, which will have been published in the 2017 volume (37) or the 2018 volume (38) of IJMH. The author of the winning article will be officially announced in the journal and on the journal’s website, and receive a €1,000 cash prize. See past years’ winners below.

In line with IJMH’s general guidelines, submissions should be an original contribution to the field of military history that is of interest to an international readership, e.g., a topic involving more than one nation and, preferably, based on multi-archival research. There is no chronological limitation. IJMH publishes articles ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period, provided that the subject is historical and the methodology fulfills academic standards.

Submission Requirements
Articles should be based extensively on primary research, must not have been previously published in another form or outlet, and should not be currently under consideration by another journal or book series. The submitted work has to comply with the journal’s style sheet, be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes), and be thoroughly referenced. For further information on style and referencing, please visit

The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institute, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2012.
Submissions for the 2017 prize should be sent by 30 September 2017. Articles should be submitted in PDF and Word Format, together with a short CV to the Scientific Editor, Dr Marco Wyss ([email protected]).

Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:

John V. Clune, United States Air Force Academy, for the article "UN Peacekeeping and the
International Men and Women of the Ghana Armed Forces," published in Volume 36, No. 1

Kwong Chi Man, Hong Kong Baptist University, for the article “'They Are a Little Afraid of the British Admiral': The China Station of the Royal Navy during the First Sino-Japanese War, 1894–1895," published in Volume 35, No. 2

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) is offering the following Grant Opportunities ( in conjunction with the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference ( on October 19 - 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

The ASMEA Research Grant program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention. Applicants may submit paper proposals on any topic as long as it is relevant to the five broad areas that can be found on our website, and constitutes new and original research. Successful research grant applicants are required to present their research at the Tenth Annual ASMEA Conference and provide ASMEA the right of first refusal for potential publication in our peer-reviewed Journal of the Middle East and Africa.

Separately, ASMEA offers Conference Travel Grants of up to $750 to assist members whose paper proposals have been accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference. 

Applicants can apply for both grants but will only be awarded one. The application deadline for both grants is March 31, 2017.

ICMH AndreĢ Corvisier Prize for PhD Theses on Military History

  1. The International Commission of Military History ( awards the “André Corvisier Prize for PhD theses on Military History”, named after the distinguished French scholar who was for ten years President of ICMH and then President of Honour.
  2. The PhD title can be obtained not necessarily in Military History, but also in other disciplines. However, the thesis must deal with Military History in the broadest sense: the history of warfare, of military campaigns, of the armed forces, of military thinking, diplomatic aspects of conflicts, causes and effects of wars, defence economics, civil-military relations, military technology, military leadership, and demographics of military forces.
  3. For the 2017 edition, the prize will be awarded for a PhD thesis discussed and approved in 2015 and 2016 in a recognized University.
  4. 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 XLIII ICMH Congress in Douala.
  5. Participants must send a scanned certificate of the PhD title, a curriculum vitae, and a PDF copy of their thesis to the Secretary General of ICMH, Lt. Col. Dr. Kris Quanten ([email protected]) by the 31st of March 2017
  6. 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 PhD title and to the curriculum vitae
  7. The Prize will be awarded by a Jury of seven persons, chaired by the President of ICMH 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 President of ICMH, 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.
  8. Requests for any further information should be addressed to Dr. Quanten.

From SMH member Alex Bielakowski:

I am currently trying to sell my Osprey collection that it took me 20+ years to accumulate to start a college fund for my daughters.  I have a complete run of three different series and I wish to sell them as collections.  The first collection is Osprey's Men-at-Arms series issues 1-476 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $8568 for the set.  I am asking $5000 ($10.50 each). The second series is Osprey's Elite collection issues 1-186 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $3340 for the set.  I am asking $2000 ($10.75 each).  The final collection is Osprey's Warrior series issues 1-161 complete.  These currently retail for $18 each, which would be $2898 for the set.  I am asking $1750 ($10.86 each).  Anyone interested in purchase any of these three series can contact me at: [email protected].

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs
We are pleased to announce the Washington History Seminar schedule for the Winter/Spring 2017. The Seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the George Washington University History Department for their generous support.

  • March 13: Julia Young (The Catholic University of America) on Mexican Exodus: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War
  • March 20: Luis Campos (University of New Mexico) on Radium and the Secret of Life
  • March 27: Jenna Weissman Joselit (Georgetown University) on Set in Stone: America's Embrace of the Ten Commandments
  • April 3: Michael Kazin (Georgetown University) on War against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the Peace Movement in America, 1914-1918
  • April 10: Passover: No Seminar
  • April 17: Courtney Fullilove (Wesleyan University) on The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture
  • April 24: Frank Settle (Washington and Lee University) on General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb
  • May 1: Alice Kaplan (Yale University) on Looking for a Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic
  • May 8: Gregg Brazinsky (George Washington University) on Winning the Third World: Sino-American Competition during the Cold War
  • May 15:  Jason Parker (Texas A&M) on Hearts, Minds, Voice: U.S. Cold War Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World
Mondays at 4:00 p.m. 
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

The seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year.

Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access press sponsored by leading liberal arts colleges, issues call for works and series
The Lever Press, a peer-reviewed, open access publisher of scholarly monographs in the humanities, the arts, and the humanistic social sciences, has officially launched.

Conceived by an initiative of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of eighty liberal arts colleges across the nation, the Lever Press is made possible by funding commitments from more than forty college and university libraries within and beyond Oberlin’s membership, and run by a partnership of two established scholarly publishers—the Amherst College Press and Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan. Lever Press is guided by a cross-institutional, multidisciplinary editorial board of distinguished scholars: 

  • Darin Hayton, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, Haverford College
  • Nicolle Hirschfeld, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Trinity University
  • Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor and Chair of East Asian Studies, Grinnell College
  • Rebecca Futo Kennedy, Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Interim Director of the Denison Museum, Denison University
  • Frederick Knight, Professor and Chairman of History, Morehouse College
  • Karil Kucera, Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies and Chair, Asian Studies St. Olaf College
  • Jason Mittell, Professor of Film and Media Culture and American Studies and Faculty Director, Digital Liberal Arts Initiative, Middlebury College
  • Mary Crone Odekon, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics, Skidmore College
  • J. Aaron Simmons, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Furman University
  • Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History, Hamilton College
  • Josephine Wright, Professor of Music, The Josephine Lincoln Morris Professor of Black Studies, and Chair, Department of Africana Studies, The College of Wooster
In giving shape to its emerging editorial program, Lever Press has developed a “Guidance to Authors” signaling an interest in works characterized by three qualities:

  1. Exhibit the deep commitment to interdisciplinarity that is native to smaller academic communities where faculty members daily collaborate across field boundaries. We are particularly interested in projects that connect perspectives from the sciences, arts, and humanities.
  2. Engage with major social issues facing our communities. Founded on strong ethical and religious principles, liberal arts colleges are the location of important debates about the grand challenges that face our society which we hope to manifest in our publications.
  3. Blur the traditional lines between “research” and “teaching,” creating resources ideally suited for experiential learning environments. Liberal arts colleges have reinvented the pedagogy of engagement and our publications will reflect that commitment. Among other things, we are interested in projects curated by faculty members that involve undergraduates in the process of creation and highlight their contributions.
 Proposals for new works and new series are now being welcomed at the Lever Press website. Information and instructions for submissions may be found at

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:  Any questions can be sent to [email protected].

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.

Brill has announced a new series whose overall aim is to offer new perspectives on the East-West conflict by building on recent and current historiographical developments in Cold War history. The series moves beyond traditional narratives by investigating the impact of both medium and lesser powers on the evolution of the Cold War. In addition to state actors, potential authors are also encouraged to focus on international organisations and non-state actors, such as national liberation movements, non-governmental organisations, and civil society groups. The geographical scope of the series is global and extends to all continents to cover also hitherto neglected (sub-)regions, notably in the so-called Third World. Methodologically, submissions should preferably be based on multi-archival historical research, and can draw on other related disciplines, such as (but not limited to) international relations and anthropology. While the editors privilege single-authored research monographs, they also welcome proposals for multi-authored volumes.

For more information, Contact: Prof. Jussi Hanhimäki, Graduate Institute Geneva; and/or Dr. Marco Wyss, University of Chichester.

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
[email protected]