The Society for Military History is an 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. An annual meeting is held every year. Recent meetings have been held in Frederick, Maryland, from April 19–22, 2007; Ogden, Utah, from April 17–19, 2008; Murfreesboro, Tennessee 2–5 April 2009; Lexington, Virginia 20–23 May 2010; Cantigny First Division Foundation, Lisle, IL 9–12 June 2011 with the theme "Ways of War"; Army Historical Foundation, Arlington, VA 10–13 May 2012 with the theme "The Politics of War"; and New Orleans, LA 14–17 March 2013 with the theme "War, Society and Remembrance."
The 81st Annual Meeting has the theme “Transformational Conflicts: War and its Legacy Through History” and will be held April 3–6, 2014 in Kansas City, MO.
The Society also sponsors sessions on military topics at the annual Northern Great Plains History Conference.
The society was established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 as the Society for Military History. It has over 2,300 members including many prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history. Membership is open to anyone and includes a subscription to the journal.
Officers (2009-2010) are:
- President Dr. Brian M. Linn
- Vice President Dr. Joseph T. Glatthaar
- Executive Director Dr. Robert H. Berlin
- Treasurer Dr. Graham A. Cosmas
- Journal Editor Dr. Bruce Vandervort
- Journal Managing Editors James R. Arnold and Roberta Wiener
- Recording Secretary & Photographer Thomas Morgan
- Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Dr. Kurt Hackemer
- Archivist Paul A. Thomsen
- Board of Trustees: John F. Guilmartin, Jr., Reina Pennington, Brian Holden Reid, Jennifer Speelman, James Willbanks, Mitchell Yockelson, Tami Biddle, Sebastian Cox, Kelly DeVries, David W. Hogan, Gregory Urwin, Kathleen Broome Williams
- Dennis Showalter
- Carol Reardon
- Theodore Ropp
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:
- Peter Maslowski, 2010
- Richard Kohn, 2009
- Jeremy Black, 2008
- James McPherson, 2007
- Robert Doughty, 2006
- Dennis Showalter, 2005
- Allan R. Millett, 2004
- Edward J. Drea, 2003
- John Shy, 2002
- Richard Overy, 2001
- David M. Glantz, 2000
- Geoffrey N. Parker, 1999
- Stephen E. Ambrose, 1998
- Robert M. Utley, 1997
- John Keegan, 1996
- Martin Blumenson, 1995
Distinguished Book Awards
The Society's Distinguished Book Awards recognize the best books written in English on military history, broadly conceived.
- 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