Society for Military History

The Society for Military History is a United States-based international organization of scholars who research, write, and teach military history of all time periods and places. It includes naval history, air power history, and studies of technology, ideas, and homefronts. It publishes the quarterly refereed Journal of Military History.


The society was established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 to the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 to the Society for Military History. It has over 2,300 members, including many prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.[1] Membership is open to anyone and includes a subscription to the journal.

The Society also sponsors sessions on military topics at the annual Northern Great Plains History Conference.

Annual meetings

The Society typically holds a meeting in the first half of every year.

Recent meetings have been held in the following locations:[2]

2018April 5-8Louisville, KY"Landscapes of War and Peace"
2017March 30-April 2Jacksonville, FL"Global War: Historical Perspectives"
2016April 14–17Ottawa, Ontario, Canada"Crossing Borders, Crossing Boundaries"
2015April 9–12Montgomery, Alabama"Conflict and Commemoration: The Influence of War on Society"
2014April 3–6Kansas City, MO"Transformational Conflicts: War and its Legacy Through History"
2013March 14-17New Orleans, LA"War, Society and Remembrance"
2012May 10-13Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA"The Politics of War"
2011June 9-12Lisle, IL"Ways of War"
2010May 20-23Lexington, Virginia"Causes Lost and Won"
2009April 2-5Murfreesboro, Tennessee"Warfare and Culture"
2008April 17–19Ogden, Utah"The Military and Frontiers"
2007April 19-22Frederick, Maryland"Crossroads of War"

Current and past presidents


Samuel Eliot Morison Prize

For other similarly named awards see Samuel Eliot Morison Award

The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, stretching over time and showing a range of scholarly work contributing significantly to the field. Recent winners include:[4]

Distinguished Book Awards

The Society's Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best books written in English on military history, broadly conceived.[5]


  • Christopher Phillips, The Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border
  • Ilya Berkovich, Motivation in War: The Experience of Common Soldiers in Old-Regime Europe
  • Steven L. Ossad, Omar Nelson Bradley: America’s GI General
  • Paul R. Bartrop and Michael Dickerman, The Holocaust: An Encyclopedia and Document Collection, (4 vols.)





  • Samuel J. Watson, Jackson's Sword: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1810-1821 and Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846
  • Geoffrey Parker, War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century
  • George W. Gawrych, The Young Ataturk: From Ottoman Soldier to Statesman of Turkey
  • Spencer C. Tucker, editor, American Civil War: The Definitive Encyclopedia and Document Collection


  • Richard S. Faulkner, School of Hard Knocks: Combat Leadership in the American Expeditionary Forces
  • Robert M. Citino, The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943
  • Geoffrey Roberts, Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
  • Clayton R. Newell and Charles R. Shrader, Of Duty Well and Faithfully Done: A History of the Regular Army in the Civil War


  • John Sloan Brown, Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005
  • Mark Peattie, Edward Drea, and Hans van de Ven (eds.), The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945
  • Mungo Melvin, Manstein: Hitler's Greatest General
  • Steven E. Clay, US Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 (4 vols.)


  • Chad L. Williams, Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era
  • Peter H. Wilson, The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy
  • John MacFarlane, Triquet’s Cross: A Study of Military Heroism
  • Clifford J. Rogers, ed. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Medieval Warfare and Military Technology


  • Daniel E. Sutherland, A Savage Conflict: The Decisive Role of Guerrillas in the American Civil War
  • Edward J. Drea, Japan’s Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945
  • J.P. Harris, Douglas Haig and the First World War
  • Spencer C. Tucker, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars


  • Ingo Trauschweizer, The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War.
  • Jamel Ostwald, Vauban Under Siege: Engineering Efficiency and Martial Vigor in the War of the Spanish Succession.
  • Andy Wiest, Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN.
  • Philip Sabin, Hans van Wees, and Michael Whitby, eds. The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare.


  • Jon Latimer, 1812: War with America
  • John Lawrence Tone, War and Genocide in Cuba, 1895-1898
  • Martha Hannah, Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War.
  • Spencer C. Tucker, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social and Military History


  • John Grenier, The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814.
  • Robert A. Doughty, Pyrrhic Victory: French Strategy and Operations in the Great War.
  • Adrian Goldsworthy, Caesar: Life of a Colossus.
  • Peter Karsten, ed. Encyclopedia of War and American Society. 3 vols.


  • H. P. Willmott, The Battle of Leyte Gulf: The Last Fleet Action
  • George Satterfield, Princes, Posts and Partisans: The Army of Louis XIV and Partisan Warfare in the Netherlands (1673-1678)
  • Steven E. Woodworth and Kenneth J. Winkle, Atlas of the Civil War
  • Colin White, ed., Horatio Nelson, The New Letters


  • Edward M. Coffman, The Regulars: The American Army, 1898-1941
  • Robert M. Citino, Blitzkrieg to Desert Storm: The Evolution of Operational Warfare
  • James T. Controvich, United States Army Unit and Organizational Histories: A Bibliography


  • George C. Rable, Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!
  • Terry Copp, Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
  • Joshua Brown, ed., A Good Idea of Hell: Letters from a Chasseur a Pied
  • Michael J. Crawford, ed., The Naval War of 1812: A Documentary History: Volume III 1814-1815


  • Rick Atkinson, An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943
  • Hew Strachan, The First World War. Volume I: To Arms
  • Stuart Hills, By Tank Into Normandy: A Memoir of the Campaign in North-West Europe From D-Day to VE Day
  • David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, eds., Encyclopedia of the American Civil War: A Political and Military History (3 vol)


  • Mark Stoler, Allies and Adversaries: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliances, and U.S. Strategy in World War II
  • Ronald H. Spector, At War At Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century
  • Robert H. Ferrell, editor, for William S. Triplet, A Youth in the Meuse-Argonne, A Colonel in the Armored Divisions, and In the Philippines and Okinawa


See also


  1. See home page
  2. "Past SMH Annual Meetings". The Society for Military History.
  3. "Officers and Trustees". Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  4. "Samuel Eliot Morison Prize previous winners". Society for Military History.
  5. "Distinguished Book Awards previous winners". Society for Military History.
  6. Award listing, Society for Military History
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