Announcements and Events

The Merriman prize is awarded for an outstanding undergraduate essay on any topic in the fields of international and/or military history from the ancient world to the present day. Offered by the Department of History in partnership with the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University, it is open to current undergraduates at any UK or overseas university. The successful candidate will be awarded a prize of £250.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:
• The rise and fall of great powers
• The treatment of non-combatants
• Diplomacy and peace-making
• Strategy and tactics
• Battles and operations
• Wars of propaganda
• Weaponry
• Intelligence
Essays, of 2,500 to 3,000 words (including footnotes), should be submitted to Dr Sophie Ambler,, by 24 April 2020, together with a brief covering letter, which must include the name of your university and title of your degree, signed by a member of your faculty confirming that you are a current undergraduate.

SMH members in the DC area may find this to be of interest.

The National Humanities Alliance Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day brings together faculty, administrators, and representatives from scholarly societies to advocate on Capitol Hill and explore year-round advocacy for the humanities. The Annual Meeting on March 8 & 9 will highlight successful strategies that have attracted students to the humanities and reversed declining enrollments. It will also offer a variety of training sessions focused on federal advocacy for new and seasoned advocates. On Humanities Advocacy Day, March 10, we will visit House and Senate offices to make the case for federal funding for the humanities. This advocacy has been crucial to achieving funding increases in recent years.

Registration is open now at and more information can be found on their website (

The Michael H. Hunt Prize for International History

The purpose of the award is to recognize historians whose scholarship produces fresh perspectives on international or global history. The prize of $1,000 is awarded annually to an author of any nationality for their first book on any aspect of international or global history since the mid-19th century that makes substantial use of historical records in more than one language.

Eligibility: The prize is to be awarded for a first book (including all previously authored or co-authored books but excluding edited volumes). The book must be an international or global history that contributes to scholarship in the field based on substantial use of historical records in more than one language. General surveys, autobiographies, editions of essays and documents, and works that represent social science disciplines other than history are not eligible.

Procedures: Books may be nominated by the author, the publisher, or any member of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. A nominating letter explaining why the book deserves consideration must accompany each entry in the competition. Books will be judged primarily in regard to their contributions to scholarship, their use of primary sources, and the quality of their academic writing.

To nominate a book published in 2019 for the 2020 prize, send a letter of nomination to Alan McPherson; Department of History; 918 Gladfelter Hall; Temple University; 1115 W. Berks Street; Philadelphia, PA 19122; In addition, a copy of the book being nominated must be sent to each of the committee members listed below:

  • Alan McPherson; Department of History; 918 Gladfelter Hall; Temple University; 1115 W. Berks Street; Philadelphia, PA 19122
  • Jessica Gienow-Hecht; John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies; Freie Universität Berlin; Lansstraße 7-9; 14195 Berlin; Germany
  • Nathan Citino; History Department - MS 42; Rice University; PO Box 1892; Houston, TX 77251-1892
Books may be sent anytime but must arrive by February 1, 2020

ICMH André 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 2020 edition, the prize will be awarded for a PhD thesis discussed and approved in 2019 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 XLVI ICMH Congress in Poznań in September 2020.
  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, Dr. Kris Quanten ( within the 31st of January 2020.
  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. The winner will be required to write an article drawn from his thesis to be published in the International Journal of Military History and Historiography, after peer review.
  9. Requests for any further information should be addressed to Dr. Kris Quanten.

Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)

Vernon Press invites original book proposals and translation proposals for previously published books (from English to Spanish or Spanish to English) for as part of our Bridging Language and Scholarship (BLS)initiative. We welcome proposals for both edited volumes and single-author books in a range of disciplines.

We accept manuscripts written in either English or Spanish, as well as bilingual edited volumes written in both English and Spanish. Specifically, the call is open to the following categories of scholarly manuscripts:

•    Original English-language manuscripts: to be considered for publication in English (subject to peer review) and subsequent to publication, translated into and published in Spanish (subject to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Original Spanish-language manuscripts: to be considered for publication in Spanish (subject to peer review) and subsequent to publication, translated into and published in Spanish (subject to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Previously published manuscripts in English for which the authors maintain the rights to a Spanish translation: to be considered for translation and publication in Spanish (subject to peer review and to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Previously published manuscripts in Spanish for which the authors maintain the rights to an English translation: to be considered for translation and publication in English (subject to peer review and to the availability of funding or a fee-waiver for a limited number of manuscripts of exceptional quality)
•    Bi-lingual and/or translingual manuscripts written in English and Spanish: to be considered for simultaneous publication in the US and Spain. (subject to peer review).

The comprehensive scope of this call includes all of our current series, as well as any other works which are situated within the sphere of the social sciences and humanities.

For more information, or to submit a proposal, contact the editors at

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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