Announcements and Events
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.
The Army Heritage Center Foundation is pleased to announce the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant. This grant of up to $1,750 is designed to provide monetary support to unfunded independent researchers who are working on under-explored topics of military history. Funded research is to be conducted at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pa. Applicants interested in the LTC John William Whitman Research Grant should submit an application including a proposed project budget, to the Army Heritage Center Foundation not later than March 1. Awarding of the grant will occur not later than April 1. Grant funds must be expended not later than August 31, 2022. The application packet is available on the Army Heritage Center Foundation website at https://www.armyheritage.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/WhitmanResearchGrant.pdf.
GRANT COMPETITION POSTPONED
Ridgway Grants Suspended for 2021
The Ridgway Family Endowment provides funding for the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grant Program. The intent of the program is to support on-site research at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Carlisle, Pennsylvania, on subjects that are of enduring or emerging value to the history of the Army and are well-supported by the USAHEC's holdings.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the General and Mrs. Matthew B. Ridgway Military History Research Grants will not be offered in 2021. USAHEC has modified operations and support capability in accordance with published safety guidelines to ensure both the safety of our Patrons and our personnel during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These modifications are focused on maintaining appropriate social distancing standards which in turn limits on-site research opportunities. This, combined with ongoing travel restrictions, informed our decision not to offer Ridgway Grants for 2021.
Grants previously announced in 2019 and 2020, but which have not yet been received, will be awarded to those recipients. Grant recipients will have a two year window to visit USAHEC and conduct their research, starting from the date they are notified of being awarded a grant. One year extensions are possible, by exception.
For Patron awareness, below are updated processes and systems we have put in place due to COVID-19 aimed at facilitating access and research opportunities both on-site and virtually:
- On-site research is now by appointment only: https://ahec.armywarcollege.edu/publicresearch/default.cfm. Researchers are required to follow all current health guidelines, such as wearing facemasks inside the building. If coordinating for an on-site research opportunity, please make every effort to coordinate ahead of time in order to maximize allotted time. This will assist the USAHEC staff to plan accordingly and provide the appropriate level of on-site research.
- For any issues or questions regarding the online catalog and availability of collections, please use http://usawc.libanswers.com for assistance.
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
ARCHIVAL RECORDS SHARING GROUP
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, firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, email@example.com
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."
• 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):
• 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!
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