[Online event] Symposium on the Age of Napoleon in commemoration of the bicentennial of Napoleon’s death

from 18/03/2021 to 21/03/2021
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The Massena Society, in collaboration with Louisiana State University-Shreveport and the Fondation Napoléon, will hold a symposium exploring the Age of Napoleon. This four-day symposium will feature keynote talks by Professors Michael Broers (University of Oxford), Jeremy Black (Emeritus, University of Exeter) and Charles Esdaile (Emeritus, University of Liverpool), as well over a dozen presentations on Napoleon’s diverse influences on European society.

The conference will take place virtually, on the Zoom platform. Once participants register, they will receive a copy of the program with Zoom links so they can access individual panels.

This event is finished but you can catch up on the speeches from the Masséna Society symposium on the Masséna Society’s YouTube channel.

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[Online event] Symposium on the Age of Napoleon in commemoration of the bicentennial of Napoleon’s death



Introductory Remarks

Victor-André Masséna, Fondation Napoléon

Samuel E. “Skip” Vichness, The Massena Society

Alexander Mikaberidze, LSUS

Opening Keynote Speech: “Napoleon: the ‘Famous Delinquent’”

Michael Broers, University of Oxford


Roundtable Discussion: The World of Napoleonic Podcasting, 2:00 – 3:45 PM EST

Chair: J. David Markham, International Napoleonic Society, Co-Host of The Napoleon 101 podcast

Alexander Stevenson, Host of The Napoleonic Quarterly podcast

Zack White, Host of The Napoleonicist podcast

Everett Rummage, Host of the Age of Napoleon podcast

Friday Keynote Speech, 4 PM EST / 9 PM GMT

“Napoleon as an Eighteenth-Century War Leader: A Strategic Approach”

Jeremy Black (Professor Emeritus), University of Exeter


SESSION 1: Napoleon at War, 9:30 AM – 10:30 PM EST

Chair: Kenneth Johnson, Air University

“The Lithuanian Quagmire: two weeks that cost Napoleon the Russian Campaign.”

Claudio Man, University of North Texas

“A Detail-Oriented Personality: Bonaparte in Command, 1800”

Eric Smith, University of North Texas

SESSION 2: The Revolution at War, 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM EST

Chair: Frederick Schneid, High Point University

“Enforcing Revolutionary Unity: Representatives on Mission and the Army of the Alps, 1792-1794”

Michael Bonura, U.S. Army

“Politics, Personality, and Command: Representatives on Mission and the Careers of Generals Jourdan, Pichegru, and Hoche”

Jordan R. Hayworth, Air Command and Staff College

“Maintaining and Restraining Force during the Peace Process: The Representatives on Mission in the Vendée, Summer 1794-Fall 1795”

Paul Strietelmeier, Independent Scholar

SESSION 3: New Perspectives on Individuals in History, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

Chair: Alexander Mikaberidze, Louisiana State University Shreveport

“A Scoundrel for All Seasons? Sir Home Riggs Popham’s amphibious career”

Jacqueline Reiter, Independent Scholar

“New discoveries of accounts of Napoleon by British Witnesses on St Helena”

Peter Hicks, Fondation Napoléon

“Beyond Bad Poetry: How Frederick the Great’s Affinity for Classical Antiquity Shaped his Military Life”

Scott Madere, Louisiana State University

SESSION 4: The French Way of War? 3:45 – 5:00 PM EST

Chair: Michael Leggiere, University of North Texas

“The Role of Powerful Individuals in Mid-Eighteenth-Century French Army Reform”

Jonathan Abel, US Army Command and General Staff College

“A Flood of Cossacks: French Rear Area Security in 1813”

Jack Gill, Near East-South Asia Center, National Defense University

“The Revolt of the Catalan Audiencia in 1809: Napoleonic Command and Last Stand of the Ancien Regime.”

John Morgan, Independent Scholar

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2021

SESSION 5: Re-Examining the Napoleonic Legacy in Italy, 10:30 – 12:00 PM EST

Chair: Karen Reid, Joliet Junior College

“Collaboration, resistance and performative flattery in Napoleonic Italy.”

Doina Georgeta Harsanyi, Central Michigan University

“Smallpox vaccination in Napoleonic Italy”

Alexander Grab, University of Maine

SESSION 6: Prussia in the Age of Napoleon, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

Chair: Victor-André Masséna, Fondation Napoléon

“The Germs of Rot: The Prussian Officer Corps and the Kartoffelkrieg.”

Michael V. Leggiere, University of North Texas

“Prussian Conceptions of a National Army Before 1806”

Ethan Soefje, University of North Texas

“Is Carl von Clausewitz the Father of the Prussian Landwehr? Revisiting the Forgotten Debate and Its Implications Today”

Vanya Eftimova Bellinger, Air University

Closing Keynote Speech: 4PM EST / 9PM GMT

“Napoleon rules OK? Some thoughts on recent biography”

Charles Esdaile (Professor Emeritus), University of Liverpool

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