International Napoleonic Congresses

The most fundamental goal of the International Napoleonic Society is to promote the study of the Napoleonic Era by scholars throughout the world. This research is strengthened by the opportunity for scholars to share their work with others at our International Napoleonic Congresses. We have held these congresses in Canada, France  Italy, Israel, Georgia, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Cuba, Belgium and Ireland. Future plans (*) include Oslo (July 2018) and St Helena, as well as other locations. These Congresses have attracted some of the world's top Napoleonic historians from Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Some of the papers have been published in various journals, including our own, Napoleonic Scholarship, in proceedings of the Congresses (both paper and DVD), and on our website.

This section contains information about past Congresses, as well as links to upcoming Congresses. We hope that by seeing how successful and important these events are, you will be inspired to participate in a future Congress. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact J. David Markham, President.

Today, March 7 is the anniversary of Napoleon 's meeting at Laffrey with the soldiers of the 5° de ligne, commanded by Delessart.

“Soldat du 5e, ne me reconnaissez-vous pas ? Je suis votre Empereur ! ”



International Napoleonic Society
Seventeenth International Napoleonic Congress
The One Hundred Days in One Hundred Hours
La Plateforme and The University of Grenoble
Grenoble, France 8-13 July 2019 


Dear INS Fellows,
The International Napoleonic Society will hold its seventeenth International Napoleonic Congress in Grenoble, France, 8-13 July 2019. Grenoble is a lovely city with a very strong connection to Napoleonic history. La Plateforme is a beautiful 19th century heritage building in the center of Grenoble.

The host hotel will be the Park Hôtel Grenoble by Sofitel, located across from Grenoble’s largest park. The hotel is a short walk or one transit stop from the venue. You can find more hotel information such as room rates, location, contact information, etc. here:  Hotel Grenoble.pdf

You can find the announcement here:  Announcement Grenoble.pdf
The Call for Papers here: Call for Papers Grenoble.pdf
Paper proposals must be sent to me no later than 1 May 2019, but I strongly suggest sending them early. 
And the registration form here:  Registration Grenoble.pdf
Please fill out the registration form and email it to me at

Again, this promises to be a great Congress and I hope to see many of you there!


The snuffbox from the David Markham Collection is made of shell with a gilt medallion enclosed. It reads 'Famille de Napoleon, Empereur des Francais' and is signed EURTEAUX fecit 1815. It purports to show Napoleon reunited with his family for the 100 Days, but of course that never actually happened.

As always, while some meals and receptions may be à la carte, there will be no registration fee.  

We anticipate that many papers will concentrate on the 100 Days and perhaps Grenoble’s native son, Stendhal. As always, other papers of interest and important new research will also be considered. Topics can include military, political, social and cultural aspects of the period.  

Here is the tentative schedule: 
Monday and Tuesday, conference at La Plateforme. 
Wednesday conference at the university.
Thursday morning visit Laffrey and then in Vizille the castle (Museum of the Revolution), with lunch in the city. Afternoon in Grenoble and in the evening the Gala Dinner at the Restaurant le Téléférique.
Friday we will visit Grenoble, the museum of Grenoble and the Stendhal museum.
On Saturday we will visit Lyon.  

The official languages will be English and French, but we encourage papers to be in English as there will not be translators available and our journal only publishes articles in English. Previous Congresses have been held in Austria, Canada, Cuba, Israel, Italy, Georgia, Germany, Poland, France, Malta, The Netherlands and Russia. We encourage all people interested in this era to attend this Congress, whether or not they wish to give a paper.  

With my best Napoleonic regards,


J. David Markham, INS President
81 Navy Wharf Court, Suite 3315 Toronto, ON M5V 3S2 CANADA
Phone: (416) 342-8081 Fax: (416) 368-2887


Statue of Napoleon 1st in Laffrey inscribed with "I arrive among you to take back my rights which are yours."
The city of Grenoble and the department of Isère, with the assistance of the State, raised this statue in the city ​​which first welcomed the Emperor on his return from the island of Elba, March 7, 1815. Erected in 1868.
Grenoble, a city in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France, sits at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isère rivers.


A XIXth century building which housed the former Museum library, the Plateforme is a place of information, exhibition, lectures and debates on architecture and town planning.


J. David Markham, Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académiques

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Mailing Address:
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International Napoleonic Society
Suite 3315 - 81 Navy Wharf Crt.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 3S2


International Napoleonic Society Sixteenth International Napoleonic Congress Empires and Eagles: Napoleon and Austria Palais Eschenbach Vienna, Austria 9-15 July 2018

It is with great pleasure that we send you the program
for our upcoming INS Congress of Vienna.
I hope you will agree that this promises to be one of the best ever.
We have participants from 22 countries, ranging from the US and Canada, Cuba and Mexico to South Africa, numerous countries in Europe, Russia, Turkey and Israel.



Fifteenth International Napoleonic CongressTHE INTERNATIONAL NAPOLEONIC SOCIETY




TRIER, GERMANY 10 - 14 JULY 2017

International Napoleonic Society
Fourteenth International Napoleonic Congress
Shades of 1916: Ireland in Revolutionary
and Napoleonic Europe

Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club
Dublin, Ireland 11-16 July 2016


Cuban Warmth Reigns Supreme
for Twelfth International Napoleonic Congress
7-11 July 2014, Havana, Cuba

Of the 12th International Napoleonic Society Congress
Napoleon and Revolutions
Around the World

Havana, Cuba, July 7-11, 2014

More details for Cuba with
optional tours during & after the Congress

Call for Papers

Registration Form


10th. INS Congress held in Russia - July 2012
Napoleon’s 1812 Russian Campaign in World History:
A Retrospective View 

In cooperation with the Institute of World History
(Russian Academy of Science) 
Russian State University for the Humanities 
Association Dialogue Franco-Russe 
State Borodino War and History Museum and Reserve 
Moscow, Russian Federation 9-13 July 2012


9th. INS Congress, held in the Netherlands -July 2011
Napoleonic Europe at its Peak 
In cooperation with the Foundation Top of Holland
(Citymarketing Den Helder) 
The City of Den Helder 
The Royal Netherlands Navy 
Fort Kijkduin 
Den Helder, The Netherlands 4–8 July 2011


8th. INS Congress, held in Malta - July 2010
Napoleon and the Transition to the Modern World 
Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa 
San Anton, Malta, 12–16 July 2010


7th. INS Congress held in Canada - June 2009
Napoleon, Europe and the World 
In cooperation with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 
Montréal, Québec, Canada 8-12 June 2009


6th. INS Congress held in France - July 2008
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


5th. INS Congress held in Poland - July 2007
Napoleon and Poland 1807 – 2007 
In cooperation with the 
Słupsk Pedagogical Academy and the Polish Historical Society 
Słupsk, Poland 1 – 5 July 2007


Israeli Conference - May 2007


4th. INS Congress held in France - July 2005
Imperial Glory: Austerlitz and Europe in 1805 
In cooperation with the city of Dinard, France 
Dinard, France 9 – 16 July 2005


3rd. INS Congress held in Georgia - June 2000
Napoleon’s Campaigns and Heritage 
In cooperation with the Napoleonic Society of Georgia 
Tbilisi, Georgia 12 – 18 June 2000


2nd. INS Congres held in Israel - July 1999
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


1st. INS Congres held in Italy - July 1997
Europe Discovers Napoleon: 1793 – 1804 
Cittadella of Alessandra Italy 21 – 26 June 1997



Napoleonic Historical Society Convention
in Las Vegas - November 2010


International Symposium - The 1809 Campaign,
Army Museum of Vienna (Austria) - June 2009


Swedish Commission on Military
History Visit to RUSI - September 2009


35TH International Congress of
Military History - August 2009


INS Fellows attend Borodino
conference - September 2002




Napoleon and Revolutions Throughout the World 
In cooperation with the Museo Napoleónico, La Habana 
Havana, Cuba 
July, 7-11, 2014 


Waterloo and Beyond
Brussels, Belgium 
In cooperation with Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 
July 2015 


Napoleon and the Irish
Dublin, Ireland 
In cooperation with the Government of Ireland 
Trinity College Dublin 
The Napoleon Society of Ireland 
July 2016 


Napoleon’s Final Years 
In cooperation with Enterprise St. Helena and the French Consul to St. Helena 
Jamestown, St. Helena 
July, 2017