Announcements and Events

The War and Society Program at Chapman University invites submissions for the best papers in the field of War and Society (broadly defined to include themes such as race and the military, foreign relations, the home front, soldiers’ stories, memory and commemoration, and other related topics) written between August 2020 and May 2021 by either undergraduate or masters-level students. Papers may focus on the U.S. experience or global perspectives.

The prize selection committee, which includes national and international scholars, will give preference to those papers that employ substantial primary research along with multidisciplinary approaches.

Two prizes will be awarded:

The Undergraduate Paper Prize: Submission should come as a PDF, no more than 20 pages (exclusive of endnotes) with a short letter of support (no more than one page) from a faculty member who supervised the paper.

The Graduate Paper Prize for MA Students: Submission should be journal article length not to exceed 30 pages (exclusive of endnotes) with a short letter of support (no more than one page) from a faculty member who supervised the paper.

The prize in each category is one award of $1000, with a subsequent prize for honorable mention of $250 each in each category.

The submission deadline is June 15, 2021. The competition is open to students at all institutions.

For more info and to send in submissions:
Contact Dr. Kyle Longley

The Royal Air Force Museum has released details of its Academic Awards which open on 1 September. There are prizes available at the PhD, Masters and Undergraduate levels. Applications close on 25 October 2020. Full details at

The Royal Air Force Museum will host a Virtual Conference exploring the RAF's transition from war to peace on 28–29 September 2020.

This conference will bring together a broad range of academics and scholars to how the RAF reacted to a period of widespread changes which effected both the service and the world it operated in.

Full details can be found at

The Organization of American Historians offers the Richard W. Leopold Prize every two years 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.

Further information on the prize and how to apply can be found on the OAH website:

The deadline is October 1, 2021 for books published during the two-year period January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience is proud to present the virtual exhibition, Women at War: At Home and In Service. Highlighting the wartime experiences of twelve American women of diverse and varied backgrounds. This exhibit seeks to share the important contributions of women during the Second World War, from the home front to the front lines. Initially scheduled to open at Chipola College Center for the Arts in April 2020, this exhibition was moved to a virtual platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlighting the wartime experiences of twelve American women of diverse and varied backgrounds, this exhibit seeks to share the important contributions of women during the Second World War, from the home front to the front lines. Women’s military service, as well as their roles on the home front, are showcased through selected digitized materials from the archival collections housed at the Institute on World War II. Utilizing photographs, correspondence, military documents, and oral histories, this online exhibit provides an opportunity to explore the experiences of American women during an extraordinary time in history.

Featured collections include that of Gertrude Margaritte Ivory Bertram, an African American nurse from Georgia. Bertram attended nursing school at Brewster Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, before joining the Army Nurse Corps following her graduation in 1941. As an army nurse, Bertram was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina before receiving orders to deploy to Liberia in early 1943. Another woman featured is Editha Anderson Shaw, who graduated high school in 1944 and joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps shortly after, receiving funding for her nursing degree as a Cadet Nurse. Shaw’s profile in the exhibit, as well as others, includes digitized excerpts from an oral history, allowing viewers to listen to her stories of service in her own words.

Emma Davis, a history major and Presidential Scholar at Florida State University led a team of undergraduates to curate this exhibit under the direction of G. Kurt Piehler, Institute Director. Ms. Davis and Professor Piehler co-authored the introductory essay for the exhibit, and Professor Sarah Myers of Messiah College served as consultant. Women at War was made possible by the generosity of donors of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience.

Women at War: At Home and In Service can be viewed online at

For further information about the exhibit and the Institute on World War II, please contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler

Fellow SMH Members,

Given recent challenges in access to archives due to the global pandemic, an issue particularly affecting our grad students, we are supporting an initiative to set up an archival records sharing group via a Google Group.  SHAFR conducted a trial for this effort recently that has proven successful, so we are building on that great work by our colleagues.

We would like members to consider joining the group, sharing what material they have on hand from their research, as well as those doing research to request what they need.  Details on the basic mechanics can be found below.

However, the first step is getting into the group.  To do so: email Nathan Finney (PhD Student, Duke, with the email address you would like to use (Gmail address provides easiest access, but any email will work) and he will add you to the group.

Once you have access, this will be the welcome message you will see laying out how the forum works:

Welcome to the SMH-sponsored archival records sharing group! Nathan Finney (PhD Student, Duke,
In order to facilitate the sharing of information, we ask members to follow the following guidelines:

Guidelines for Posts
   • When posting a request, please put "SHARING" or "SEEKING" and the exact name of the archive and collection in your subject heading (For NARA records, please include Record Group in subject). In the body of your email, please list as much information as you can about the exact records you are seeking or sharing (Entry Number, Boxes, etc.)
   • At the bottom of your post, you can insert three tags that refer to the general theme of the materials covered (WWI, Wilson, Roosevelt, Philippines, etc.)
   • For general questions - please label your subject "QUESTION."

Sharing Documents
   • After members have connected with other researchers, you will be responsible for contacting each other to coordinate the sharing of these materials through your own individual share drives.

Please note the opening thread, which provides resources for online archives and a note from the Archivist of the United States about the opening of the National Archives and presidential libraries.

Restrictions on Posts
   • All members should ensure that they adhere to any restrictions imposed by individual archives, including copyright restrictions. Members who share sources are responsible for looking up restrictions on individual archival websites.
   • Archival images shared by members should be shared individually and not be published or posted on open access websites without the explicit permission of the archive. Posts that include requests for documents from archives or collections found to have prohibitions on sharing photographs will be taken down and the poster informed.
   • If individual members are aware of archives with restrictions, please let us know so we can post this information for the rest of the group.

The following archives have expressed explicit permission to share documents during the COVID-19 crisis (via SHAFR):
   • Oxford
   • Hoover Archives at Stanford University
   • Rockefeller Archive Center
   • Harvard University Archives
   • National Security Archive
   • United Nations Archives

The following archives have neither explicitly authorized or denied sharing of documents; instead, they suggest checking their websites for rights issues on specific collections:
   • Yale University Archives
   • Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
   • Cornell University Archives

The following archives have specifically asked researchers NOT to share documents from their archives. Posts including references to collections will be deleted, and the authors will be asked to repost without mentioning these archives:
   • Syracuse University Archives

Please feel free to offer your suggestions about how to best manage or improve this forum. Happy sharing!

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Ladies and Gentlemen,
James Slaughter and I are working on a book reevaluating the early campaigns of World War II in Europe from the victims’ perspectives. We are looking for historians who can write chapters about Greece, Crete, and Yugoslavia in 1940-1941. All relevant military history topics will be considered.

Please send a CV, one-page abstract, and brief (no more than three pages) writing sample to me at:

Thank you for your attention!

Jonathan Epstein, Ph.D.
Department of History
The John Jay College of Criminal justice of the City University of New York

The IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize 2020 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 2020, 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.

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 institution, or to those who have obtained their doctoral degree after January 1, 2015. Submissions for the 2020 prize are accepted on a rolling basis, but should be sent by 30 September 2020 by the latest. Please see the journal webpage for information on how to submit ( In case of questions, contact the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Marco Wyss (

Past winners of the IJMH Early-Career Paper Prize:

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:  Any questions can be sent to

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.

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

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