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Citizen Soldier: German Military History

Nick Mueller interviews Dennis Showalter on receiving the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium.

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing is presented annually to a living author in recognition of an outstanding body of work dedicated to enriching the understanding of military history.

Each year, a selection committee is assembled to nominate deserving candidates and to ultimately make a recommendation for selection. It is my privilege today to sit down with Dennis Showalter, the eleventh recipient to receive this prestigious award. He joined us to talk about his life’s work and interest in writing military history.

Dennis Showalter is an accomplished military historian and respected teacher. He is the author of more than 20 publications, including Tannenberg: Clash of Empires, Patton and Rommel: Men of War in the 20th Century, and Armor and Blood: Kursk, 1943

His work is both intellectually enriching to other scholars in the field and meaningful to a lay audience. Showalter encourages meaningful intellectual engagement with the past in order to understand better the complex relationship between the military and society in the present. This uniting of past and present continues to characterize Showalter’s work as important and relevant.

In addition to his academic writing, he has contributed to the education of faculty and students at the United States Military Academy, the Marine Corps University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He is a tireless advocate for the usefulness of military history in refining the professional judgment of our future military leaders.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Showalter is Professor Emeritus at Colorado College, and a former President, Vice President, and Trustee for the Society for Military History. 

Dennis Showalter is a distinguished scholar who has elevated military history as an academic discipline and as a useful tool for scholars and soldiers alike. We are honored to have him be the 2018 recipient.

Dr. Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD, is a former historian and Vice Chancellor at the University of New Orleans. He also served as Founding President and CEO of the National WWII Museum. During a distinguished career at UNO, Mueller made his mark as a popular teacher, dean, and vice chancellor. He played a lead role in creating the Metropolitan College and in building new extensions and distance learning programs.

Mueller’s exceptional contributions to the preservation and interpretation of WWII history have resulted in numerous awards, including the French government’s Legion of Honor. Mueller has also been elected to the board of the National History Center in Washington, DC, the public advocacy subsidiary of the American Historical Association.