Dennis Showalter

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Dennis E. Showalter
Born(1942-02-12)February 12, 1942
Delano, Minnesota
DiedDecember 30, 2019(2019-12-30) (aged 77)
AwardsPaul M. Birdsall Prize (1992)
Samuel Eliot Morison Prize (2005)
Pritzker Literature Award (2018)
Academic background
Alma materSt. John's University (BA)
University of Minnesota (MA, PhD)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineGerman military history
InstitutionsColorado College
Notable worksTannenberg (1991)

Dennis Edwin Showalter (February 12, 1942 – December 30, 2019) was a professor emeritus of history at Colorado College. Showalter specialized in German military history. He was president of the American Society for Military History from 1997 to 2001. In addition, Showalter was an advising fellow of the Barsanti Military History Center at the University of North Texas.


Showalter began teaching at Colorado College in 1969. Showalter also previously taught at the United States Air Force Academy, the United States Military Academy, and the Marine Corps University. He wrote extensively on the wars of Frederick the Great, the German Wars of Unification, World War I, and World War II.

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Selected works


  1. ^ "Dennis Showalter Obituary – Colorado Springs, CO". Dignity Memorial.
  2. ^ [email protected], Debbie Kelley. "Top military historian Dennis Showalter of Colorado Springs dies in midst of writing his 28th book". Colorado Springs Gazette.
  3. ^ a b "Four Faculty Members Promoted, Receive Tenure • Colorado College".
  4. ^ "Dennis Showalter • History Colorado College".
  5. ^ Advising Fellows Archived 2011-02-18 at the Wayback Machine, Military History Center, University of North Texas.
  6. ^ a b Dennis Showalter Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine, Potomac Books, Inc.
  7. ^ "Samuel Eliot Morison Prize previous winners". Society for Military History. Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Dennis Showalter". Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  9. ^ Debbie Kelley (June 26, 2018). "Longtime Colorado Springs professor and military historian wins prestigious lifetime achievement award". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved June 27, 2018.