Estonian War Museum

Estonian War Museum's 9th annual war history conference "THE PAST – A SOLDIER’S GUIDE FOR THE PRESENT? EXPERIENCE, HISTORY AND THEORY IN MILITARY EDUCATION"

Estonian War Museum-General Laidoner Museum and the Estonian National Defence College call for paper proposals to a military history conference

The Estonian War Museum-General Laidoner Museum and the Estonian National Defence College will convene an international conference to study the importance of history in military education, training and doctrine. What is the proper relationship between experience, the study of history and theory? What is the position of history in military pedagogy? To what extent should armed forces, beside tactics, study the political, cultural and social contexts of fighting war? How important is it to understand the civilian perspective on the conduct of war? How can one assure that history is taught “in width, in depth, and in context”, as Michael Howard suggested – meaning the tracing of the development of warfare in a long continuum, analysing it in detail (battles and campaigns), and counting in political, social and economic factors?

The Estonian War Museum and the Estonian National Defence College invite proposals for papers on the following topics, on which chronological limitations have not been set:

  • Past experience as teacher and guide for the military commander,
  • The study and the teaching of military history in armed forces,
  • National traditions in the research and teaching of military history,
  • Academic and popular interpretations of past wars commissioned by armed forces,
  • Histories of wars as pillars of national identities and state propaganda,
  • The use of past campaigns in officers’ and soldiers’ education and training,
  • Transnational aspects of the officer’s profession, knowledge transfer and military history,
  • Military history in warfighting concepts and doctrines,
  • Military history in military pedagogy in the past and the present.

Please send an abstract of up to 4,000 characters and a brief, one-page CV in English or Estonian by 15 February 2018 to conference(at)esm.ee.
The length of presentations will be 20 minutes. The working languages of the conference will be English and Estonian.
Call for papers full version

Additional information: Mr. Kaarel Piirimäe, +372 566 05 453
Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum  Mõisa tee 1, 74001 Viimsi, Harju County 
Phone: +372 621 7410, email: info(at)esm.ee
Open We-Su 11-18, the exhibition of heavy artillery (300 m from the museum, Vehema tee 1a, Viimsi) from May until October Fr-Su 11-18
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