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Founded in 2012, the U.S. Military History Group (USMHG) is a not-for-profit organization supporting the U.S. Military History Review, a peer-reviewed e-journal devoted to the military history of the United States. The USMHG also recognizes exceptional scholarship in this field through three annual book awards.



ANNOUNCEMENTS!

The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Jonathan Steplyk’s Fighting Means Killing: Civil War Soldiers and the Nature of Combat as the winner of the Colonel Richard W. Ulbrich Memorial Book Award for 2018.

A committee of award-winning historians selected Fighting Means Killing to receive the 2018 Ulbrich Book Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published in 2017 or 2018, that covers any topic in U.S. Military History from 1775 to 1897.

Fighting Means Killing was published by the University Press of Kansas

Jonathan Steplyk earned his doctorate at Texas Christian University, and he is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. His work has been published in The Tennessee Campaign of 1864 and a forthcoming anthology on the siege of Vicksburg.

Praise from the Selection Committee members:

“This is a path-breaking book.  Most historians of the common soldier have shied away, deliberately or not, from the specifics of killing in warfare—and particularly in the American Civil War—or they bury it in broader studies of soldiers’ experiences.  Steplyk has brought killing front and center, in both depth and comprehensiveness.  His thesis, that Civil War soldiers were not averse to killing in combat, is clear and convincing.  Fighting Means Killing is a model social-cultural history, in organization, methodology and analysis, of ideas, actions, and their intersection, and of contemporary language and modes of expression”

-- Jane Johansson, author of Albert Ellithorpe, the First Indian Home Guards, and the Civil War on the Trans-Mississippi Frontier

-- Edward Lengel, author of First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His – and the Nation’s – Prosperity 

-- Samuel Watson, author of Peacekeepers and Conquerors: The Army Officer Corps on the American Frontier, 1821-1846

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The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Peter Dean’s MacArthur's Coalition: US and Australian Military Operations in the Southwest Pacific, 1942-1945 as the winner of the 2018 Master Corporal Jan Stanislaw Jakobczak Memorial Book Award.

A committee of award-winning historians selected MacArthur’s Coalition as the 2018 Jakobczak Award, which recognizes the outstanding book published in 2017 or 2018 that covers any topic in U.S. Military History from 1898 to 1945.

MacArthur’s Coalition was published by the University Press of Kansas.

Peter Dean is currently Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre. Dean’s many books include The Architect of Victory: The Military Career of Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Horton and, most recently, as editor, Australia 1944–45: Victory in the Pacific.

Praise from the Selection Committee members:

“Peter Dean proved in his book MacArthur’s Coalition that, with a herculean effort digging out primary sources, something substantial can be added to such heavily published areas as the Pacific Theatre of Operations and the person of Douglas MacArthur. Dean offers significant new insight in key battles of the Pacific War, but his greatest achievement is the detailed unravelling of how the social connections, petty personal grievances, as well as favoritism influenced the conduct of operations. This book therefore presents a widened scope, not only as a supplemental study to the Pacific War and the enigmatic MacArthur, but also a thoroughly researched case study in coalition warfare in general.” 

--Thomas A. Hughes, author of Admiral Bill Halsey: A Navy Life 

--Jörg Muth, author of Command Culture: Office Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940 

--Jonathan Reed Winkler, author of Nexus: Strategic Communication and American Security in World War I

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The U.S. Military History Group is pleased to announce Martin Clemis’ Control War: The Struggle for South Vietnam, 1968-1975 as the winner of the 2018 Captain Richard Lukaszewicz Memorial Book Award.

The 2018 Lukaszewicz Award recognizes the outstanding book published in 2017 or 2018 that covers any topic in U.S. Military History from 1946 to 2001.

Control War was published by University of Oklahoma Press.

Martin Clemis is Assistant Professor of History at Valley Forge Military College. His next book project is tentatively titled “Agrowar: Rice and Revolutionary Warfare in South Vietnam.”

Praise from the Selection Committee members:

“In this extensively researched study, Martin Clemis examines the efforts of both sides during the Vietnam War, using sometimes harsh, even brutal, tactics and techniques, to gain and maintain control of territory, and hence people and resources.  He charts the ups and downs of this struggle with neither side gaining a decisive advantage until 1972-1974, when the Communists took control of much of the countryside prior to their 1975 conquest of the South.  By providing new information on this ‘control war,’ Clemis makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the conflict.”  

--John Farquhar, author of A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning, 1945-1953 

--Peter Kindsvatter, author of American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam

--John C. McManus, author of Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943