Announcements and Events
The Many Faces of War conference will be held October 14-16 at South Dakota State University, both in person and virtually. The theme of this year's conference is Terrorism Through the Ages. The conference schedule can be downloaded here.
Berlin and the Cold War Symposium
Ohio University and the Contemporary History Institute will host a virtual symposium on Berlin during the Cold War on 1-2 October 2021. The event is free and open to the public and features nine leading scholars in Europe and the United States in the areas of diplomatic and military history. Panelists will examine a variety of aspects of Berlin from 1945 to 1989 to better understand the city’s role in the Cold War. Topics covered will be intra-alliance politics, policy and strategy, and cultural diplomacy.
Panel 1: Friday, 1 October (1:30 – 3:00 EST)
- Christian Ostermann, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Petra Goedde, Temple University
- Seth Givens, U.S. Marine Corps History Division
- Hope M. Harrison, George Washington University
- Erin Mahan, Office of the Secretary of Defense
- Thomas Schwartz, Vanderbilt University
- Vladislav Zubok, London School of Economics
- Stephan Kieninger, Woodrow Wilson Center
- Peter Ridder, Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg
Richard W. Leopold Prize
DEADLINE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY OCTOBER 1, 2021
Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail sent to the publisher from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.
The Richard W. Leopold Prize is given biennially by the Organization of American Historians to the author or editor of the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian. These subjects cover the concerns and the historical fields of activity of the late Professor Leopold, who was president of the OAH 1976–1977.
The prize was designed to improve contacts and interrelationships within the historical profession where an increasing number of history-trained scholars hold distinguished positions in governmental agencies. The prize recognizes the significant historical work being done by historians outside academe.
Each entry must be published during the two-year period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
The award will be presented at the 2022 OAH Conference on American History in Boston, MA, March 31–April 3.
The winner must have been employed as a full-time historian or federal contract historian with the U.S. government for a minimum of five years prior to the submission. If the author has accepted an academic position, retired, or otherwise left federal service, the book must have been published within two years of their separation date. Verification of current or past employment with the U.S. government (in the form of a letter or e-mail sent to the publisher from the office that employs or has employed the author) must be included with each entry for the Leopold Prize.
One copy of each entry, clearly labeled “2022 Richard W. Leopold Prize Entry,” must be mailed directly to the committee members listed below. Each committee member must receive all submissions postmarked by October 1, 2021.
Bound page proofs may be used for books to be published after October 1, 2021 and before January 1, 2022. If a bound page proof is submitted, a bound copy of the book must be sent to each committee member postmarked no later than January 7, 2022.
If a book carries a copyright date that is different from the publication date, but the actual publication date falls during the correct timeframe making it eligible, please include a letter of explanation from the publisher with each copy of the book sent to the committee members.
Richard W. Leopold Prize Committee
Mark Philip Bradley (Committee Chair)
Department of History
The University of Chicago
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago IL 60637
Rebecca Tinio McKenna
University of Notre Dame
Department of History
434 Decio Hall
Notre Dame IN 46556
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of History
3211 George Mosse Humanities Building
455 North Park Street
Madison WI 53706
COLD WAR ESSAY CONTEST
John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
For the seventeeth consecutive year, the John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., is pleased to announce that it will award prizes for the best-unpublished papers on Cold War military history. The contest promotes innovative scholarship on Cold War subjects.
Any aspect of the Cold War (1945-1991) era is eligible, including papers on military strategy, plans, and operations; the relationship between the armed forces and society; international security affairs; Cold War alliances; and the connections between Cold War military history and contemporary geopolitical challenges.
Prizes: First place will earn a plaque and a cash award of $2,000; second place, $1,000 and a plaque; and third place, $500 and a plaque.
Procedures: Writers should send their entry electronically to the Adams Center at the Virginia Military Institute by Friday, November 5, 2021. Please make your submission as a MS Word document and limit your essay to a maximum of 7,500 words (minimum 4,000 words) of double-spaced text, exclusive of documentation and bibliography. A panel of judges will examine all papers; the Adams Center director will announce the winners in December 2021. The Journal of Military History will consider prize-winning essays for publication.
Submissions to: email@example.com
Dr. Bradley Lynn Coleman
Director, John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis
Department of History
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450
Ms. Deneise Shafer
Online at: http://www.vmi.edu/adamscenter
On Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/acmhsa
On Instagram: @vmiadamscenter
Project CHECO: The Air Force Experience in Vietnam" (https://airforcehistory.net) seeks to textually digitize a semi-curated collection of documents held at the Air Force archive. It also supports research into the correlation between demographics and crowdsourcing effectiveness.
The Air Force created Project CHECO (Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations) in 1962 to analyze issues of immediate concern to various echelons of the service. Over the course of fifteen years, authors completed more than 250 reports on topics that included special operations, conventional air operations, rules of engagement, training, air base defense, and many others. Arguably, the Project CHECO reports represent the single-most comprehensive collection of Air Force-produced documents detailing its activities in the Vietnam War. The vast majority of these have been declassified and approved for public release, and only the publicly-available studies are being used for this project.
For the volunteer, this is a trifecta of opportunities: A chance to learn about U.S. Air Force history in Southeast Asia from the perspective of the service itself; contribute to digital history through the textual digitization of a portion of the USAF archive (similar to efforts by NARA, LOC, and the Smithsonian); and, last but not least, help me gather data for my dissertation!
The process is simple:
1. Fill out a demographic form (individual identities will not be associated with performance)
2. Review some directions for the site.
3. Correct or transcribe a document from the Air Force archive.
4. Take a survey.
THAT'S IT! If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Dave
The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2021 by the International Journal of Military History and Historiography (IJMH) 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 History – IBMH), on behalf of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH), which can trace back its origins to 1938. The journal 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.
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 IJMH in 2021, either in print or as an advance article online. 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 fulfils academic standards.
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 www.brill.com/ijmh.
The prize is open to graduate students who are currently registered at a higher education institution, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2016.
Submissions for the 2021 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2021 by the latest. Please see the journal webpage for information on how to submit (www.brill.com/ijmh). In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (email@example.com).
Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:
Ian Ona Johnson, for the article “Strategy on the Wintry Sea: The Russo-British Submarine Flotilla in the Baltic, 1914–1918”, published in Volume 40, No. 2.
Hosub Shim, for the article “The Battle of An Khe Pass (1972): The Implications of the South Korean Army’s Pyrrhic Victory in the Vietnamization Phase of the Vietnam War”, published in print in Volume 40, No. 1; published online in 2019 as an Advance Article.
Zoë Rose Buonaiuto, for the article “A Grave Reconciliation: The Establishment of German War Cemeteries in Normandy, 1944-1964”, published in Volume 38, No. 2.
Gaj Trifković, for the article “The Forgotten Surrender. The End of the Second World War in Yugoslavia”, published in Volume 37, No. 2.
John V. Clune, 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, 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.
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: http://ndupress.ndu.edu/SubmitaManuscript.aspx. Any questions can be sent to JFQ1@ndu.edu.
WAR AND SOCIETY IN NORTH AMERICA
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
- 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 WRITERS
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