Fourth International Napoleonic Congress

Imperial Glory: Austerlitz and Europe in 1805

Dinard, France
July 9–16, 2005



26th of January 2005


Dear INS Fellows,

I am pleased to announce that we will hold the Fourth International Napoleonic Congress in Dinard, France, 9–16 July, 2005. Dinard is one of the most beautiful cities in France and a destination that will be enjoyed by scholars and their families alike.

Mayor Marius Mallet and his city are producing an outstanding celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Austerlitz, and the International Napoleonic Society is proud to be a part of the festivities. Enclosed you will find a list of planned activities, all of which will be available for Congress participants. These include exhibitions, parades, fireworks, music and other events.

The celebration in Dinard, along with our Congress, will be one of the most important celebrations of the bicentennial of Austerlitz in all of Europe. I strongly encourage you to attend and, if at all possible, present a paper. The INS expects publish the papers of the Congress.

As in the past, there will be no registration fee for this Congress. The city of Dinard is hosting a Gala Dinner and the INS is hosting an Imperial Lunch. Other meals will be on your own to give you an opportunity to explore the culinary delights of this seaside resort. We are recommending five hotels of varying expense, a list of which is enclosed. Please make your arrangements directly with the hotels and then inform David Markham where you are staying. As this is a resort community, we recommend you make your hotel arrangements quickly.

For further information, to obtain registration materials or to submit paper proposals, please contact:

J. David Markham, Executive Vice-President
1841 52nd Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501-8000
Phone: 360 786 1805
Fax: 360 236 1821

Even if you are unable to attend the Dinard Congress, please send your email address to David so that he can easily keep you informed on future Congresses and other activities.

Best regards,
Ben Weider, President


Call For Papers

International Napoleonic Society

Fourth International Napoleonic Congress

Imperial Glory: Austerlitz and Europe in 1805

Dinard, France
July 9–16, 2005


The International Napoleonic Society is pleased to announce that it will hold its Fourth International Napoleonic Congress in the beautiful coastal city of Dinard, France. During the summer of 2005, Dinard will host a number of major Napoleonic celebrations, and the INS is proud to be part of what is likely to be the largest celebration of Austerlitz in France. Other events include a major exhibition, a massive parade and a spectacular fireworks display.


Most papers should concentrate on the general theme of the battle and its causes and consequences as well as the political, social, economic, military and other aspects of life in 1805. Other papers and themes will be given full consideration and we encourage you to submit any proposal. Special attention will be given to new research on any Napoleonic topic.


Papers should be no more than 25 pages double-spaced, and presentations are limited to 30 minutes. Please submit a printed version of your paper as well as on a CD or Disk using Microsoft WORD or another major word processing program. Please also include a one page summary of your paper, a résumé and complete contact information (name, address, phone, email, fax).


The official languages of the conference will be English and French, and simultaneous translation for these languages will be available. The host hotel will be the fabulous Grand Hôtel Barrière and participants will be able to select from several other hotels as well. Hotel arrangements will be made directly by each participant.


For further information, registration forms, hotel information and to submit paper proposals, please contact:

J. David Markham
Napoleonic Alliance President
INS Executive Vice-President
1841 52nd Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501-8000
Phone: (360) 786-1805
Fax: (360) 236-1821

The city of Dinard has declared 2005 L’Année Impériale and will have an entire summer of events celebrating Napoleon’s greatest victory.

Some of these include:


  • The International Napoleonic Society will hold its Fourth International Napoleonic Congress from 9–16 July, 2005. You are especially invited to present papers discussing various aspects of Napoleonic history. Previous Congresses in Italy , Israel and the Republic of Georgia were memorable, and this may be the best yet! Participants will have admission to all events, including a gala closing dinner complete with champagne “cuvee d’Austerlitz.” Optional side-trips, including Mount St. Michel, are being planned.


  • The Palais des Arts et du Festival will have an outstanding exhibition from June 18 to September 26, “The Glory of the Empire: Bicentennial of Austerlitz .” This will feature a 100 meter square diorama of the Battle of Austerlitz unlike any other in the world; it will even have its own observation gallery, lighting and audiovisual commentary. The exhibition will also include stands from various Napoleonic groups, souvenirs, antiques, militaria, films and other items of great interest to Consortium members. In addition to items for sale, many important collections of Napoleonic artifacts will be exhibited.


  • On July 10 there will be a three-kilometer long parade, La Grande Armée, featuring seven musical groups, seven floats and seven hundred participants with costumes. This may well be the best First Empire parade in two hundred years! Descendents of the Marshals have been invited to participate.


  • A spectacular fireworks sound and light show, C’était Austerlitz, complete with cavalry charge, will take place the evening of July 15 th. One hour and fifteen minutes long, this will surely be one of the most memorable such displays we will ever see, and as a bonus it will take place on the beautiful Ecluse Beach . INS participants will have special seating.


  • Throughout the summer there will be musical and theatrical events, movies, exhibitions and other Napoleonic-related activities.


  • Dinard is a destination resort in its own right, with a rich history and magnificent beaches. In the “Imperial Year” of 2005, there is nowhere better to be than Dinard! For more information, please contact J. David Markham, 1841 52 nd Way SE, Olympia, WA 98501-8000 (

Each participant is responsible for his or her hotel arrangements.

We recommend one of the following hotels.

Please also confirm your arrangements with J. David Markham,

Host Hotel: Grand Hôtel Barrière****

46 Avenue George V-B P 70143
Bp 53 Cedex
Dinard 35801
Phone: 02-99-88-26-26
Fax: 02-99-88-26-27
87 Rooms 3 suites

Dinard's largest hotel, a member of the Lucien Barriêre chain, dates from 1859. It is a two minute walk from the town center and has an excellent view of the harbor. Its two wings are separated by a heated outdoor pool. Most rooms have balconies and are equipped with traditional furnishings and combination tubs and showers. There is a bar and a restaurant, the George V.

Facilities: Restaurant; bar; indoor pool; fitness center; sauna; limited room service; babysitting; laundry

Villa Reine Hortense ***

19 rue de la Malouine,
35800 Dinard,
Phone:(0) 2 99 46 54 31
Fax:(0) 2 99 88 15 88

A mysterious Russian prince, poet and aesthete, Nikolas de Vlassov, built this house at the turn of the 20th century as a tribute to Queen Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Empress Joséphine.

7 double rooms and 1 apartment for 4.
Rooms €130-205. Apartment €280-€350.
Breakfast €13.
Restaurants 10 minute walk across the beach in Dinard centre.

Hotel Le Crystal ***

15 rue de la Malouine
35800 Dinard

Direct access to the beach, with overlooking balconies.
24 rooms and 2 Suites
Single: €76.00-€110.00
Double: €76.00-€128.00
Triple: €110.00-€144.00
Quadruple: €260

Hotel Printania **

5 avenue George V
35800 Dinard
56 bedrooms.
Double room: €52.00
Double room with breakfast: + €46.00

Inter Hotel Minotel Balmoral **

26 rue Maréchal Leclerc
35800 Dinard

Situated in the center of the city near public parking.
31 bedrooms
Single: €42-52
Double: €45-69
Triple: €71-100
Double with breakfast: €59-84