International Napoleonic Society
Ninth International Napoleonic Congress
Napoleonic Europe At Its Peak


4–8 July 2011
Den Helder
The Netherlands


 

P R O G R A M

 

 

Sunday 3 July

10:00  Navy Days with Napoleonic Re-enactment and Military Tattoo at Navy Base

 

Monday 4 July

09.00  Transport from hotels to Fort Kijkduin by minibus

09:15-09:45 Press conference to open congress

09:30  Registration at Fort. Kijkduin

10:00  Opening Ceremony
The Honorable Koen Schuiling, Mayor of Den Helder
Mr. Piet Kamphuis, Director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History
President, International Commission for Military History
Mr. J. David Markham, President, International Napoleonic Society

 

Session I    Piet Kamphuis, The Netherlands, Chair

10:30  Matthew Flynn, USA, Napoleonic Warfare in the Atlantic World

11:00  General Henri Paris (*), France, La strategie et la tactique militaire de Napoléon

11:30  Break

11:45 Pip Barnard, The Netherlands, The History of the Fortifications on Texel

12:15  Christiaan van der Spek (*), The Netherlands, Louis Bonaparte’s Dutch army, 1806-1810

12:45  Discussion

13:00  Lunch Sponsored by Stelling Den Helder

14:15  Guided Tour of Fort Kijkduin and Visit of Educational Workshops Around the Fort

17:00  Cocktail reception at Fort Kijkduin, sponsored by Stelling Den Helder

18:00  Dinner/Barbecue at Fort Kijkduin, sponsored by Stelling Den Helder

21:00  Departure to Hotels by minibus


Tuesday 5 July

09:00 Transport by minibus from hotels to Fort Erfpins

09:30 Coffee and Tea

 

Session II  Matthew Flynn, USA, Chair

10:00 Marijke Eysbertse (*), The Netherlands, From Den Helder to Australia - a Napoleonic Connection

10:30  Kurt Raveh (*), The Netherlands, From Den Helder to the Holy Land - In the Search of Napoleon

11:00  Coffee and Tea

11:15  Doina Harsanyi (*), The Netherlands, How Not to Make a Revolution: The Duchies of Parma/Piacenza Within the Napoleonic Order

11:45  Johan Joor, The Netherlands, The Continental System and Napoleonic Holland: Motor of Napoleonic Policies and Key Factor of Protest

12:15  Discussion

12:30  Lunch in Fort Erfpins, sponsored by the City of Den Helder

 

Session III  Kees Turnhout, The Netherlands, Chair

14:00  Dennis Potts (*), USA, Quatre Bras: Dutch Courage Saves the Day

14:30  Jackson Sigler (*), USA, The Dutch-Belgian Forces and Leaders at Waterloo

15:00  Thomasz Klauza, Poland, Polish Influences in the Napoleonic Guard Red Lancers

15:30  Break

15:45  Tadeusz Klupczynski, Poland, Fighting Against Nature: Walcheren, 1809

16:15  Erez Levanon (*), Israel, Napoleon: Luck, Fortune and Superstitions

16:45  Discussion

17:15 Guided tour through Fort Erfprins

18:30  Cocktail Reception and Dinner, sponsored by the City of Den Helder

21:30  Return to hotels by minibus


Wednesday 6 July

09:00  Transfer from hotels by minibus to Grand Hotel Beatrix

09:30  Tour sites of Stelling van Den Helder, the Sea Dyke and the Harbor with the Jutterexpress and English-speaking Guides

11:30  Lunch in Willemsoord, Café Njoy (no host)

 

Session IV  Allon Klebanof, Israel, Chair

13:00  Ivane Menteshashvili (*), Georgia, Napoleon's Sabre at the Georgian National Museum. Emperor's 1er Chasseur a Cheval

13:30  Isis Wirth, France, Napoleon and Jacques Louis David

14:00  William Chew III (*), Belgium, The Easel and the Eagle: Rembrandt Peale Views Napoleonic France

14:30  Break with Coffee and Tea

15:00  Tsvi Yeshurun, Israel, Napoleon’s Medals: A Prelude to Fame

15:30  Ron Soffer, Israel, The Napoleonic Code: Napoleon’s Most Lasting Legacy

16:00 Kevin Rodriguez (*), USA, Napoleon, the Emperor of the People

16:30  Discussion

17:00  Walk to Harssens Peninsula and tour of Fort Harssens with English-speaking guides

18:15  Cocktail Reception at the Naval Officers Club, Sponsored by Naval Officers Club

19:00  Dinner at the Naval Officer’s Club, no host

21:30  Departure to hotels by minibus

 

Thursday 7 July

08:30 Transport by minibus to Texel ferry (walk from Hotel Lands End)

09:30 Departure by ferry to Texel Island

10:00  Arrival on Texel and bus transport to Fort de Schans

11:30  Trip by bus to Harbor Oudeschild, followed by a short walk to Maritime Museum

13:00  Trip by bus to Fort Lunette, followed by lunch at the fort sponsored by the Texel City Council

14:00  Bus tour of historical sites on Texel Island

15:00 Departure by ferry to Den Helder

15:30  Transport by minibus to hotels

18:30  Transport from hotels to Grand Hotel Beatrix by minibus

19:00  Cocktail Reception sponsored by the INS

20:00  Gala Dinner sponsored by the INS

22:00  Transport to hotels by minibus

 

Friday, 8 July

09:00  Transport from hotels to the Royal Navy Institute

09:30  Coffee and Tea

 

Session V  Tadeusz Klupczynski, Poland, Chair

10:00  J. David Markham (*), USA, Parisian Politics: Napoleon’s Defeat After Waterloo

10:30  Edna Mueller (*), Canada, The Use of Google Earth to Illustrate Napoleonic History

11:00  Break

11:15  Allon Klebanoff (*), Israel, The Battle of Camperdown: The Swansong of the Dutch Navy

11:45  Kees Turnhout (*), The Netherlands, The Royal Netherlands Navy in 2011: Bringing Worldwide Security on and from the Sea

12:15  Discussion

13:00  Lunch at the Royal Navy Institute (INS)

14:15  Guided tour of the Royal Navy Museum

16:30  Appetizers aboard the Schorpioen and closing remarks (sponsored by Navy Museum and Kampanje Catering)

17:00  Press conference to close Congress

17:30  Transport to hotels by minibus. Dinner on your own.

 

Saturday, 9 July

Optional tour of the historical sites related to the 1799 battle in the north of Holland (tentative)

 

 

 

The International Napoleonic Society

Europe Discovers Napoleon: 1793 – 1804
Cittadella of Alessandra Italy 21 – 26 June 1997

Napoleon and the French in Egypt and the Holy Land 1799 – 1801
In cooperation with the Israeli Society for Napoleonic Research
Tel Aviv – Yafo – Jerusalem – Acco 4 – 10 July 1999

Napoleon’s Campaigns and Heritage
In cooperation with the Napoleonic Society of Georgia
Tbilisi, Georgia 12 – 18 June 2000

Imperial Glory: Austerlitz and Europe in 1805
In cooperation with the city of Dinard, France
Dinard, France 9 – 16 July 2005

Napoleon and Poland 1807 – 2007
In cooperation with the
Słupsk Pedagogical Academy and the Polish Historical Society
Słupsk, Poland 1 – 5 July 2007

Napoleon and the Mediterranean
In cooperation with the City of Ajaccio,
the General Council of Southern Corsica, and the Territorial Collective of Corsica
Ajaccio, Corsica, France 7 – 11 July 2008

Napoleon, Europe and the World
In cooperation with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Montréal, Québec, Canada  8-12 June 2009

Napoleon and the Transition to the Modern World
Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa
San Anton, Malta 12-16 July 2010

 


International Napoleonic Society
Ninth International Napoleonic Congress
Napoleonic Europe At Its Peak

An INS High in One of
the Low Countries!

 

The International Napoleonic Society went to Den Helder, The Netherlands, for its Ninth International Napoleonic Congress, 4-8 July 2011. Entitled Napoleonic Europe at its Peak, the congress attracted scholars from Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Georgia, Israel, The Netherlands, Poland and The United States. All agreed that Den Helder was a great place to visit and that this congress was one of the best yet! Of course, it helps when you have the cooperation of the city, several museums/fortifications, the Navy, the Netherlands Institute of Military History, the International Commission for Military History and Den Helder City Marketing, as well as an outstanding organizing team headed by Navy Captain Kees Turnhout.

Some of us were able to attend the Navy Days celebrations on Sunday. We saw mock D-Day landings, amazing helicopter displays, tours of ships, and even a Napoleonic encampment. Indeed, Napoleon himself was sighted reviewing some of the displays!

The open session was held on Monday in the historic Napoleonic Fort Kijkduin. We were hosted by the director of the fortification, Monique Slot, who did an outstanding job throughout the congress. The opening ceremony included remarks by the honorable Koen Schuiling, Mayor of Den Helder, Piet Kamphuis, Director of the Netherlands Institute of Military History and President of the International Commission for Military History, and INS President J. David Markham. All speakers focused on the strong connection between Napoleon and Den Helder and the importance of having such an important international congress there on the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s visit there.

The program kicked off with a paper by Matthew Flynn, a professor of history at West Point Military Academy. He was unable to attend in person, so Edna Mueller of Canada read his paper for him. His topic was Napoleonic Warfare in the Atlantic World, but much of his focus was a comparison between Napoleon and George Washington. It was a provocative paper but his absence limited the discussion. General Henri Paris of France spoke on the military strategy and tactics used by Napoleon. As always, General Paris spoke with great conviction and knowledge. He was followed by Christiaan van der Spek, who works at The Hague. His topic was on an especially relevant topic, namely Louis Bonaparte’s Dutch army, a topic only lightly covered in the English language, and the very complicated relationship he had with his brother, the Emperor of the French. Incidentally, the recently renovated Palace in Amsterdam has the largest collection of French Empire furniture outside of France. It all dates from the reign of Louis and is amazing to see.

After lunch we took a guided tour of the fortifications and then had a cocktail reception and barbecue at the fort. There we were joined by Napoleon himself! That event was truly one of the highlights of the week, with outstanding food, drink, live music and wonderful camaraderie. Our thanks go to Stelling Den Helder for its sponsorship and to Monique Slot for hosting it in her fort.

On Tuesday we went to a second fortification, Fort Erfpins. This is on the grounds of an active Navy installation. Marijke Eysbertse, who lives half a year in The Netherlands and half a year in Australia, where she is a guide in the Napoleon museum at the Briers, discussed the connection between Den Helder and Australia. It is the fascinating story of William Buckley, who helped invade Holland and was later exiled as a prisoner to Australia. Her talk was followed by Kurt Raveh, who has done a number of marine excavations off the coast of Israel and had established a museum of his findings. This is an aspect of Napoleonic research seldom directly experienced. These papers were followed by excellent presentations by Doina Harsanyi, who explained the geopolitical implications of France’s relationship with Spain and the attempt to make Parma-Piacenza a republic by overthrowing the Bourbons, an attempt thwarted by France, and Johan Joor.

After lunch we turned to a series of military topics. Dennis Potts and Jack Sigler gave presentations on the Dutch presence at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, while Thomasz Klauza of Polend talked about Polish influences on the Red Lancers. He was followed by fellow Pole Tadeusz Klupczynski’s enlightening talk on the Poles at Walcheren in 1809. Then Erez Levanon of Israel gave a very different presentation on Napoleon and luck, fortune and superstition. After some discussion we took a very interesting tour of Fort Erfprins, followed by a cocktail and reception sponsored by the city of Den Helder.

On Wednesday morning we took a tour of the sites of Stelling van Den Helder, the Sea Dike and the Harbor. Our transportation was the tourist ‘train’ and we saw and learned a number of very interesting aspects of Den Helder.

The afternoon session first turned to Napoleonic art. Ivane Menteshashvili discussed Napoleon’s saber at the Georgian National Museum, Isis Wirth of France told of the connection between Napoleon and the great artist Jacques Louis David, Belgian William Chew III discussed Rembrant Peale and Napoleon, and Israeli Tsvi Yeshurun showed us the importance of Napoleonic medals that commemorated various events throughout the epoch. Ron Soffer, an Israeli attorney who practices in Paris, discussed what many consider to be Napoleon’s greatest legacy, namely the Code Napoleon, while American Kevin Rodriguez made the case for Napoleon being a ‘man of the people.’

We then took a walking tour of Fort Harssens, followed by a cocktail reception at the beautiful Naval Officers Club overlooking the harbor that was sponsored by the club, and dinner sponsored by the INS.

Den Helder is rich in fortifications, owing to its strategic location. Indeed, Napoleon is reputed to have called it the Gibraltar of the North. Just off the coast lies the island of Texel, home to a nice museum and several excellent earthen fortifications. On Thursday we took the ferry to the island and a tour of Fort de Schans. This fort is in excellent shape, and our understanding of its history and importance was heightened by the fact that our tour guide was the director of all the fortifications on Texel, Pip Bernard, who was our host for the day. We then visited the very nice Maritime Museum on Texel, followed by lunch at an excellent seafood eatery. Then it was a visit to another fortification and then back to Den Helder on the ferry.

That evening we had the traditional cocktail reception and gala dinner sponsored by the INS. This year we held them at the Grande Hotel Beatrix, whose owner, Henk Petter, and his excellent and friendly staff went all out to please our participants. There were brief talks by Captain Kees Turnhout, Mayor Koen Schuiling and INS President David Markham. Mayor Schuiling and Captain Turnhout each gave gifts to President Markham, and several participants, most notably Bill Chew, stood up to say how great this congress had been.

Of course, the congress was not over yet, and on Friday we went to the Royal Navy Institute, where Navy officers receive their training. There, INS President David Markham presented a lecture on the politics and Napoleonic decisions in Paris after the battle of Waterloo. Then, up and coming Napoleonic star Edna Mueller of Canada showed how she has used Google Earth and other software to literally recreate Napoleonic battlefields and show us how they would have looked to commanders on the field. She has brought an entirely new dimension to how we literally view Napoleonic history. As always, Israeli Allon Klebanof gave a tour de force illustrated discussion of the Battle of Camperdown, which included an amazing illustrated history of naval warfare. The academic portion of the congress concluded with an outstanding overview of the Royal Netherlands Navy by, who else, Captain Kees Turnhout. Kees has written a major analysis of the role of the Navy in the modern world and his presentation was an excellent way to close the program.

After lunch at the Royal Navy Institute, sponsored by the INS, we took a tour of the Royal Navy Museum. This museum is one of the finest such museums in the world and our time there was all too brief. But we had to tear ourselves away so that we could have appetizers and drinks aboard the ship Schorpioen, a nineteenth century ramming ship, sponsored by the Navy Museum. There, after a few brief closing remarks by Captain Turnhout and President Markham, the congress came to an end.

The INS congresses offer wonderful opportunities for scholars from around the world to not only share the results of their research but also see historic sites and develop personal ties, all while having a great time. The congress in Den Helder did all of this and more, and I wish to think everyone who helped make it possible.

We are coming into the home stretch for special bicentennial opportunities. Plans are now underway for an INS congress in Moscow/Borodino in late September of 2012. We also anticipate congresses in Germany or Poland in 2013, Paris in 2014, and Brussels/Waterloo in 2015. Please continue to check the website for details, and please plan to attend one or all of them!

J. David Markham
INS President


INTERNATIONAL NAPOLEONIC SOCIETY
NINTH INTERNATIONAL NAPOLEONIC CONGRESS

NAPOLEONIC EUROPE AT ITS PEAK

DEN HELDER, THE NETHERLANDS, JULY 4-8, 2011

 


Dear INS Fellows,

 

I am pleased to send you information regarding the upcoming INS congress in Den Helder, The Netherlands, 4-8 July 2011. Attached you will find the general announcement, the call for papers, hotel information, and the registration form.

This congress promises to be one of the very best we have had. We have the cooperation of the Mayor of Den Helder and his Council, the Dutch Navy and the Navy Museum, the management of Fort Kijkduin, the forts and museum on the island of Texel, the International Commission for Military History, the Netherlands Institute for Military History, and several hotels. In addition to what we anticipate to be an outstanding selection of papers, we plan to have meals and receptions at the Fort, the Naval Officers Club, a 19th century ramming ship that is part of an outstanding navy museum, and elsewhere, as well as other interesting activities. If you can come a day or two early you are invited to watch the activities of Navy Days, including the tattoo by the Marine Band and a reception. If you can stay a day later, we hope to offer the opportunity to tour the historical sites of the 1799 battle in the north of Holland.

As plans become more fixed I will send you updated information. You should also check for more information on our website.

I very much hope that you will plan to participate in this congress. Please note that because Den Helder is a popular seaside resort city, we were very fortunate to get hotels to hold rooms for us during high season. These rooms will be released on May 15th, and it is very unlikely that any will be available after that date. Therefore, it is very important that you reserve your rooms as soon as is possible.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I hope to see you all in Den Helder in July!

 

David Markham, President



Ninth International Napoleonic Congress

Napoleonic Europe At Its Peak

Den Helder, The Netherlands    July 4–8, 2011

 

 

 

The International Napoleonic Society will hold its ninth International Napoleonic Congress in the beautiful resort coastal city of Den Helder, The Netherlands, a short train ride from Amsterdam. Napoleon had a series of fortresses built and/or expanded, most notably Fort Kijkduin, where much of the congress will be held. This year Den Helder commemorates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s visit to the city.

We encourage papers that deal with the relationship between Napoleonic France and The Netherlands and other smaller European nations. We are planning to have a number of special sessions on that topic, and are anxious to receive paper proposals for those sessions. We are also looking for papers/sessions dealing with the lasting impact of French rule in Europe, as well as papers looking at all aspects of Napoleonic Europe at its peak.

Further information, including hotel information and a formal call for papers is available on the INS website (www.napoleonicsociety.com). We encourage scholars to submit paper proposals that reflect the theme of the Congress or are the result of important new research. The official languages of the Congress will be English, Dutch and French, though we strongly encourage papers to be presented in English as translation services will not be available. Previous International Napoleonic Congresses have been held in Canada, Italy, Israel, Georgia, Poland, France and Malta, and have attracted scholars and students from around the world. We encourage all people interested in this era to attend this Congress, whether or not they wish to give a paper.

 

For further information, please contact:

 J. David Markham, President
1841 52nd Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501-8000
ins@napoleonicsociety.com
Phone: (360) 786-1805     Fax: (416) 368 2887

 

 

Call For Papers

International Napoleonic Society

Ninth International Napoleonic Congress

Napoleonic Europe At Its Peak

Den Helder, The Netherlands    July 4 – 8, 2011

 

The International Napoleonic Society will hold its ninth International Napoleonic Congress in the beautiful resort coastal city of Den Helder, The Netherlands, a short train ride from Amsterdam. Napoleon had a series of fortresses built and/or expanded, most notably Fort Kijkduin, where much of the congress will be held. This year Den Helder commemorates the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s visit to the city.

We encourage papers that deal with the relationship between Napoleonic France and The Netherlands and other smaller European nations. We are planning to have a number of special sessions on that topic, and are anxious to receive paper proposals for those sessions. We are also looking for papers/sessions dealing with the lasting impact of French rule in Europe, as well as papers looking at all aspects of Napoleonic Europe at its peak.

Papers should be no more than 15 pages double-spaced, and presentations are limited to 20-30 minutes. Please complete the registration form and also include a one-page summary of your paper and a résumé. If your paper is selected for presentation, we will require a photograph of you as well. We encourage you to request an electronic version of the registration form so that you can submit it via email. When completed, please submit a printed version of your paper as well as an electronic version via email attachment or CD, using Microsoft WORD or another major word processing program. You may give us the printed version of your paper at the Congress. If requested, you will be given an opportunity to make revisions to your paper. Selected papers will be published in our journal, Napoleonic Scholarship, and/or on our website.

The official languages of the conference will be English, Dutch and French. We encourage presentation of papers in English as there will be no translation services available. Hotel and further information will be forthcoming via email and on our website. Because Den Helder is a resort city, all hotel reservations must be made no later than Sunday, May 15th.

We urge you to check for further information and forms on our official website, www.napoleonicsociety.com. If you have not already done so, please send us your email address, as that is our preferred method of communication.

For further information, please contact:

J. David Markham, President
International Napoleonic Society
1841 52nd Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501-8000
ins@napoleonicsociety.com
Phone: (360) 786-1805  Fax: (416) 368 2887

 

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