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Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in History News

New Annual Book Prize for Works of Military History

By Media Release

Weider History Group received the following media release that we want to share. It is always good to see recognition for top-notch history writers.

Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize to Reward Outstanding Writing in a Neglected Discipline

NEW YORK CITY—June 12, 2013—The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation announced today the establishment of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, which carries an award of $50,000. The prize will be awarded annually in recognition of the best book in the field of military history published in English during the previous calendar year. The inaugural award will be made in February 2014 for a book published in 2013.

“It is our hope that the establishment of this prize will draw public attention to the field’s continuing utility as an important staple of education in international politics, diplomacy, and conflict, and to assist in the restoration of military history to an important place in university curricula,” said Josiah Bunting III, president of the foundation. “If we do not learn from the conflicts of the past, we will be doomed to repeat them. For the sake of all, we cannot allow this area of scholarship and thinking to atrophy in the United States or abroad.”

The winner of the prize will be selected in January 2014 from a short list of six finalists and then announced at an event at the New-York Historical Society the following month. Publishers may submit as many appropriate titles for consideration as they wish. More information about the submission process can be found at

The judging committee for the prize, below, includes some of the most respected names in the field.

  • Andrew Roberts, Ph.D., historian and journalist, Committee Chair
  • Charles F. Brower IV, Ph.D., Brigadier General, USA, Ret.; Henry King Burgwyn Professor of Military History, Virginia Military Institute
  • Josiah Bunting III, President of the HF Guggenheim Foundation; Recording Secretary to the Committee
  • Eliot A. Cohen, Ph.D., Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Saul David, Ph.D., Professor of War Studies, University of Buckingham
  • Leanda de Lisle, M.A., M.B.A., historian and journalist
  • Sir Hew Strachan, Ph.D., Chichele Professor in the History of War, All Souls, Oxford University
  • H. Kirk Unruh, Jr., Rear Admiral, USNR, Ret.; Recording Secretary, Princeton University.

The prize recognizes the foundation’s founder, Harry Frank Guggenheim, creator of Newsday and a distinguished naval veteran of both twentieth-century world wars. It is made possible by Lewis E. Lehrman, co-founder of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, author, and champion of studies in American political and military history.