SMH 2020 and 2021 Awards and Prizes


2020 SMH AWARDS AND PRIZES

SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD
Recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, extending over time and reflecting a spectrum of scholarly activity contributing significantly to the field. 

  •  Jon Tetsuro Sumida is a professor at the University of Maryland and author of Inventing Grand Strategy and Teaching Command: The Classic Works of Alfred Thayer Mahan Reconsidered (1997), and Decoding Clausewitz: A New Approach to On War (2008).


THE EDWIN H. SIMMONS MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD
Presented for long, distinguished or particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History. 
  • Jennifer D. Keene is an American historian and World War I specialists and a former SMH president (2017-2020). Her works include World War I: The American Soldier Experience and The United States and the First World War.

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

EDWARD M. COFFMAN FIRST MANUSCRIPT PRIZE
  • Winner: Mary Elizabeth Walters, University of North Carolina, Unexpected Humanitarians: Albania, the U.S. Military, and Aid Organizations during the 1999 Kosovo Refugee Crisis
  • Honorable Mention: Susan Grunewald, University of Pittsburgh. German Prisoners of War in the Soviet Union: Life, Law, Memory, 1941-1956.

VANDERVORT PRIZES
  • January 2019 issue (83:1) - “Avast Swabbing! The Medical Campaign to Reform Swabbing the Deck in the U.S. Navy,” by Michael J. Crawford, Naval History and Heritage Command.
  • April 2019 issue (83:2) - “Older German Officers and National Socialist Activism: Evidence from the German Volkssturm,” by David K. Yelton, Gardner-Webb University.
  • July 2019 issue (83:3) - “Decimation and Unit Cohesion: Why Were Roman Legionaries Willing to Perform Decimation?” by Elizabeth Pearson, independent scholar.
  • October 2019 issue (83:4) - “‘Clouds Gathering on the Horizon’: The Russian Army and the Preparation of the Imperial Population for War, 1906-1914,” by Donald P. Wright, Army University Press.

ALLAN R. MILLETT DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD
  • Winner: Nathan Grau, Harvard University, “France’s Forgotten Soldiers: Local Paramilitaries on the frontlines of Decolonization, 1945-1962.”
  • Runner-Up: Marjorie Galelli, University of Kansas, “Two Sides of the Same COIN.”

ABC-CLIO RESEARCH GRANTS
  • Nathan Grau, Harvard University, “France’s Forgotten Soldiers.”
  • Ariel Natalo-Lifton, Temple University, “From Lady Soldiers to Brothers in Arms: Women in the United States Armed Forces, 1972 to 1992.”

RUSSELL F. WEIGLEY GRADUATE STUDENT TRVEL GRANT AWARDS
  • Marjorie Galelli, University of Kansas, “Culture and Counterinsurgency: How the War in Iraq Reshaped Military Education.”
  • Thomas Jamison, Harvard University, “PEACE PEARL: An Ephemeral History of Sino-U.S. Military Cooperation.”
  • Pedro Panera Martínez, Mellado University Institute, “Prospective of a Conflict (1913-1923): Visions of the Spanish Military and Naval Attachés on War between Japan and the USA.”
  • Colin McConarty, Boston College University, “The Rise of the New Navy and the Fall of Reconstruction.”
  • Margaret Montgomery, University of Alabama, “The War Was In the Barracks: Black Wacs, Protest, and Response from the Women’s Army Corps, 1971.”
  • Hosub Shim, University of Kansas, “‘Politics by Other Means’: The Republic of Korea Forces’ Conduct in the Vietnam War.”

JEFFREY GREY MEMORIAL TRAVEL GRANT
  • Neil Richardson, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, “War and Rebellion as a Policy towards Irish Independence.”

2021 SMH AWARDS AND PRIZES

SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON AWARD
Recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, extending over time and reflecting a spectrum of scholarly activity contributing significantly to the field. 

  • Robert M. Citino (born June 19, 1958) 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. Citino received recognition for his works from the American Historical Association, the Society for Military History, and the New York Military Affairs Symposium. The Historically Speaking journal described him as "one of the most perceptive military historians writing today."


THE EDWIN H. SIMMONS MEMORIAL SERVICE AWARD
Presented for long, distinguished or particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History. 
  • Geoffrey P. Megargee (November 4, 1959 – August 1, 2020) was an American historian and author who specialized in World War II military history and the history of the Holocaust. He served as the project director and editor-in-chief for the Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933–1945 produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Megargee's work on the German High Command (the OKW) won the 2001 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for Military History.

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

EDWARD M. COFFMAN FIRST MANUSCRIPT PRIZE
  • Winner: Thomas Mead Jamison, Harvard University, Pacific Wars: Peripheral Conflict and the Making of the US "New Navy," 1865-1897
  • Honorable Mention: Marc Tomas Howard, Black Soldiers in the Rhodesian Army, 1956-1981: The Loyalties of Professionals

VANDERVORT PRIZES
  • Stephanie Rauch, “Good Bets, Bad Bets, and Dark Horses: Allied Intelligence Officers’ Encounters with German Civilians, 1944 – 1945,” Central European History 53:1 (March 2020): 120-145.
  • James Turner, “Tortilla, Pepper, Chocolate, and Mezcal: A Food History of the U.S.-Mexican War, 1846–1848,” Journal of the Southwest 62 (Spring 2020): 145-176.
  • Miguel A. López, “The Survival of Auftragstaktik during the Soviet Counterattack in the Battle for Moscow, December 1941 to January 1942,” Journal of Military History 84:1 (January 2020), 187-212.
  • Ryan Wadle, “Failing to Speak the Same Language: The Roots of ‘Jointness’ in the United States, 1919–1941,” Journal of Military History 84:4 (October 2020): 1097-1126

ALLAN R. MILLETT DISSERTATION RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD
  • Winner: Sofya Anisimova, University of St. Andrews, Russia's Military Strategy and the Entente, 1914-1917
  • Honorable Mention: Uyen H. Nguyen, Texas Tech University, MAT Teams in a Mad War: The U.S. Army's Advisory Efforts Waging Peace in the Vietnam War

RUSSELL F. WEIGLEY GRADUATE STUDENT TRVEL GRANT AWARDS
  • None this year.

CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES APPLIED HISTORY AWARD
  • Winner: Heather Haley (Auburn University). "Suppressing the 'Homosexual Menace': Harvey Milk, Vernon 'Copy' Berg, and the Navy's Lavender Scare."
  • Honorable Mention: Kristofer Seibt (Columbia University), "'My Heart Bled': Sustained Destruction and the Economics of Coercion in German Cameroon."

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