84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

Global War: Historical Perspectives

The Society for Military History
84th Annual Meeting
March 30 – April 2, 2017
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 E. Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, Florida
Hosted by
Institute on World War II and the Human Experience
Department of History
Florida State University


Free to the Public
“Re-examining French Success in the First Italian Campaign, 1796-97”
Rafe Blaufarb, Ph.D.
Director, Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution
Florida State University
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
2nd Floor, Ballroom 3
225 E Coastline Drive
 Jacksonville, FL 32202
Thursday, March 30, 2017
5:00 P.M.
Reception to Follow
To attend, please RSVP at: [email protected]



Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries
Editors, The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook
Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award Winners 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
6:00 P.M.- 8:00 P.M.
Barnes and Nobles
St. John’s Town Center
10280 Mid Town Pkwy
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Hosted in conjunction with the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History (SMH) and Barnes and Noble Booksellers, Michael Livingston and Kelly DeVries, winners of the 2017 SMH Distinguished Book Awards will be available to autograph their prize winning book The Battle of Crécy: A Casebook. Livingston, associate professor of English at the Citadel, and DeVeries, professor of history at Loyola University Maryland, shed new light on one of the most important battles of the medieval world.   Their book includes previously inaccessible documents about the battle that have never been available in English before. 
“The Great War”: Screening and Reflections
Free to the Public
Stephen Ives
Documentary Filmmaker
Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 A.M.
The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
2nd  Floor, Ballroom 4
225 E Coastline Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Join Stephen Ives, producer, director, and writer of the three-part documentary the Great War featured in the PBS American Experience series, and participate in a discussion and Q&A period about the making of the film with Michael Neiberg, one of the nation’s leading historians of the First World War. With over 20 years of work in public television, Stephen Ives has established himself as a leading and groundbreaking documentarian, creating such iconic works as THE WEST, one of the most watched PBS programs of all time, along with a long list of works for the American Experience, PBS, and HBO. Michael Neiberg, professor of history at the U.S. Army War College is author of Dance of the Furies: Europe and the Outbreak of World War I  (Harvard University Press, 2013).  The Wall Street Journal recently named it one of the five best books ever written about the war.
 Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, “The Great War” tells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops. The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. It is also a story of strategic diplomacy and little known heroism and sacrifice in the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen. The series premieres on PBS April 10-12.
The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, Florida State University is dedicated to preserving the history of the Second World War.  With more than 6,700 collections, the Institute maintains one of the largest archives documenting the human dimension of the Second World War with special emphasis on the role of American servicemen and servicewomen, as well as those on the home front.  Housed in the Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, the Institute serves scholars, teachers, students, journalists, and the general public.  For further information regarding the Institute or holdings, please contact Professor G. Kurt Piehler at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, Department of History, 113 Collegiate Circle, Bellamy Building, 414, P.O. Box 3062220, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2200 or [email protected]
 The Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution is a unique institution of graduate education. As part of the History Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida State University, it is the only graduate program in the United States devoted solely to the historical study of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era.  Its M.A. and Ph.D. students have conducted archival research in almost every country in Europe, as well as in much of North and South America. Since 1963 it has granted more than 100 graduate degrees (over 50 M.A.s and more than 50 Ph.D.’s). The Institute also hosts an annual Weider History Conference bringing together early-career scholars from Europe and North America to present their cutting-edge research in the field of French Revolutionary historical study, organizes international conferences, publishes new research, sponsors a Distinguished Lecture Series at Florida State University, and is a founding member of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. The Institute also offers its students and visiting researchers access to the French Revolution and Napoleon Collection at Florida State University's Strozier Library. With over 20,000 rare titles from the period, it is one of the finest research collections of its kind.
The Society for Military History (SMH), founded in 1933, is an international organization devoted to advancing the study of military history worldwide, and through this award, recognizes excellent scholarly publications in the field of military history. The annual meetings of the SMH serve to expose members and non-members to the latest research in Military History.
For Further Information:
Kurt Piehler
[email protected]
(850) 644-9541 (office)