Small but Capable? Quality against Mass in Military History

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Call for Papers
June 1, 2020
Subject Fields: 
Diplomacy and International Relations, Military History


International Baltic Military History Conference




On 22-23 September 2020, the Baltic Defence College, the Estonian War Museum-General Laidoner Museum and the Estonian Defence Academy will organise an international military history conference, “Small but Capable? Quality against Mass in Military History”. We look forward to receiving paper and panel proposals to discuss questions related to small state capability, in particular:

1)        War and the small states: the ground for success and failures against a greater opponent,

2)        Small wars and questions about filling the battlespace: how to act when there is no strategic depth? How do build up an operational concept for a small state?

3)        Leadership and war: what are the best methods to achieve victory by leadership and command philosophy? What are the lessons that we can learn from historical examples?

4)        How much can we affect leadership qualities by education?


Please send an abstract of up to 4,000 characters and a brief, one-page CV in English by 1 June 2020 to and


The length of presentations will be 20 minutes. Articles based on presentations will be published in the Estonian Yearbook of Military History in 2021. The organizers will cover the travel and accommodation costs of speakers. This conference is the 11th annual Baltic military history conference of the Baltic Defence College, and also the successor to the 11th international military history conference held by the Estonian War Museum in 2019.


Information concerning Covid-19: The organizers are aware of the challenges ahead and will monitor the situation as it progresses. We hope to have passed the crisis by the time of our Conference. If any challenges occur the organizers will do their best to cope with them in an efficient and timely manner. Additional measures will be taken as per guidance of the host nation government. Leading up to the conference the participants will be given an overview of the situation in Estonia and the city of Tartu. Contingency plan will be in place if the Conference has to be postponed or cancelled.


Contact Info: 

Kaarel Piirimäe, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Estonian War Museum

+372 5660 5453 


Associate Professor

Insitute of History and Archaeology

University of Tartu

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