2012 Society for Military History award winners announced

The Samuel Eliot Morison Prize recognizes not any one specific achievement, but a body of contributions in the field of military history, extending over time and reflecting a spectrum of scholarly activity contributing significantly to the field.

The George Washington University


The Edwin H. Simmons Award (formerly the Victor Gondos Award) is presented for long, distinguished or particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History.

Texas A&M University


The Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best book-length publications in English on military history, whether monograph, bibliography, guide, or other project copyrighted in the previous three calendar years. Awards (an engraved plaque and $500) will be presented at the Society's annual meeting awards luncheon
May 11, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA

United States: John Sloan Brown, Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005 (U.S. Army Center of Military History, 2011). The author is a retired United States Army Brigadier General and former Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army.

Non-US: Mark Peattie, Edward Drea and Hans van de Ven, editors, The Battle for China: Essays on the Military History of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945 (Stanford University Press, 2011). Mark Peattie is professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and visiting scholar at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. Hans van de Ven is Professor of Modern Chinese History in the Department of East Asia Studies, Cambridge University. Edward Drea is a retired U.S. Army historian and contract historian in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint History Office in Washington, DC.

Biography/Memoir: Mungo Melvin, Manstein: Hitler’s Greatest General (Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press, 2011). The author is a retired British Army Major General and President of the British Commission for Military History

Reference: Steven E. Clay, editor. U.S. Army Order of Battle 1919-1941 (4 vols.) (Combat Studies Institute Press, 2010, 2011). The author is a U.S. Army retired Lieutenant Colonel and Lead Author of the Operations Study Team at the Combat Studies Institute.


Journal of Military History, Volume 75

The Moncado Prizes (an engraved plaque and $200) are awarded annually to the authors of the four best articles published in The Journal of Military History during the previous calendar year.

January: Ilya Berkovich, “The Battle of Forbie and the Second Frankish Kingdom of Jerusalem.” The author is a Ph.D. candidate at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge.

April: Robert T. Foley, “Learning War’s Lessons: The German Army and the Battle of the Somme 1916.” The author is senior lecturer in modern military history at the University of Liverpool.

July: Ian Germani, “Terror in the Army: Representatives on Mission and Military Discipline in the Armies of the French Revolution.” Professor Germani is Head of the Department of History at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

October: William M. Donnelly, “Bilko’s Army: A Crisis in Command.” The author is a senior historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.


These $500 awards funded by publisher ABC-CLIO support the work of advanced graduate students and those scholars who do not hold a doctoral degree but are employed full-time as historians. These funds may be used for travel, for research materials, photocopying, and similar expenses.

Michael J. Geheran, Clark University

Emily L. Swafford, The University of Chicago


The Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Awards honor one of the great American military historians of the 20th century and support participation by promising graduate students in the Society's annual meeting.

Matthew N. Bucholtz, University of Calgary
W. Mikkel Dack, University of Calgary

Christine e. Leppard, University of Calgary

Thomas Daniel Sheppard, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Christina C. Welsch, Princeton University

Gavin J. Wiens, University of Toronto


This award is named in honor of the distinguished military historian, Edward M. Coffman, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. This prize is awarded annually to an author who has not previously published a scholarly book-length manuscript. The competition is open to scholars whose work blends military history with social, political, economic, and diplomatic history and to authors of studies centering on campaigns, leaders, technology, and doctrine. The winning author receives a cash award, a plaque, and, after successful editorial review, a publication contract with the University of North Carolina Press. The winner is recognized at the Awards Luncheon at the Society for Military History annual meeting.

Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, University of Kentucky
“Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam”


David Fitzgerald, University College Cork
“Learning to Forget?: The US Army and Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq”

Jacqueline E. Whitt, United States Military Academy
“No Crisis of Faith: American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War”


Book Awards Committee

Peter Kindsvatter, (Chair) U.S. Army Retired
Adrian Lewis, University of Kansas
Peter Lorge, Vanderbilt University
George Satterfield, U.S. Naval War College
Dennis Showalter, Colorado College

Moncado Awards Committee

Gerhard Weinberg, Chair, University of North Carolina (Emeritus)
Irving Levinson, University of Texas—Pan American
Daniel Krebs, University of Louisville
Debra Sheffer, Park University
Samuel Watson, U.S. Military Academy

Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Awards Committee

John W. Hall, (Chair) University of Wisconsin
Adam Seipp, Texas A&M University
Ingo Trauschweizer, Ohio University

Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grants and ABC-Clio Research Grants Award Committee

Geoffrey Megargee, (Chair) The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Katherine Epstein, Rutgers University Camden
Lisa Mundey, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Janet Valentine, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

For information: The Society website http://www.smh-hq.org

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