19th International Napoleonic Congress – Cork July 3rd – 10th 2022


International Napoleonic Society

Nineteenth International Napoleonic Congress

A Special Connection:

Ireland, France and the World in the Revolutionary and Empire Eras

The Imperial Hotel

Cork, Ireland, 3-10 July 2022

In Association with the Napoleon Society of Ireland

Dear Participants of the Nineteenth International Napoleonic Society Congress,

The International Napoleonic Society promotes the study of the Napoleonic Era in accordance with proper academic standards. To this end, the INS honors the leading minds in this field by making them Fellows of the INS (FINS). Additionally, we hold International Napoleonic Congresses that bring scholars together from around the world. We welcome you to this Congress in the beautiful city of Cork and hope you will gain additional insight into the Napoleonic Epoch as well as renew old friendships and gain new ones. And many thanks to Cormac Finn O’Brien for his invaluable help in organizing this Congress!

This Congress marks the tenth anniversary of the Napoleon Society of Ireland. I offer my sincere congratulations to President Derek Byrne and Vice-President Cormac Finn O’Brien for the great success they have achieved!

J. David Markham, President

International Napoleonic Society

Knight, Order of the French Academic Palms


Sunday 3 July The Imperial Hotel

3:45 – 5:00      Lefevre Desnouettes plaque inauguration at Templetrine Cemetery, where he is thought to be buried

6:15      Cocktail reception hosted by the French Consulate and the Alliance Française, The Imperial Hotel

7:15      Continued socialization in lobby bar followed by move to informal dinner(s) as desired

Monday 4 July The Imperial Hotel

9:15      Registration

9:30      Opening Ceremony

Cormac Finn O’Brien, Ireland, Congress Organizer

J. David Markham, USA/Canada, President, International Napoleonic Society

Derek Byrne, Ireland, President, Napoleon Society of Ireland

Deirdre Forde, Lord Mayor of Cork

Session I           Keynote Presentations: The Irish Connection   Doina Harsanyi, USA, Chair

9:45      Cormac Finn O’Brien, Ireland, The Irish Viewpoint of Napoleon Through Irish Music and Folklore

10:15   Jérôme Beaucour, France, Lefebvre Desnouettes:  Imperial Glory, American Adventure, Irish Tragedy

10:45   Betje Klier, USA, Marengo and Lefebvre-Desnouettes: The Irish and American Legacies of Napoleon’s Favorite Horse and Napoleon’s Favorite Horseman

11:15   Chev. J. David Markham, USA/Canada, The Final Irish Connection: Napoleon and James Verling on St. Helena

11:45   Discussion

12:00   Lunch in Cork

Session II         Military Operations   Jérôme Beaucour, France, Chair

1:30      Tomasz Klauza, Poland, The Poles in the Irish Legion

2:00      Wayne Hanley, USA, A Failure to Communicate: Marshal Ney in Poland, 1806-1807

2:30      Alex Grab, USA, Napoleon’s Syrian Campaign

3:00      Eugene Breydo, USA/Russia, Napoleon’s Theorem and His Military Strategy

3:30      Discussion

Tuesday 5 July The Imperial Hotel

Session III        Aspects of Period Life              Cormac Finn O’Brien, Ireland, Chair

10:00   Doina Harsanyi, USA, Bureaucratic Heroism: In the Trenches of Napoleonic State Building Project

10:30   Xavier Riaud, France, Napoleon and His Injuries (Read by Edna Markham)

11:00   Agnieszka Fulińska, Poland, Napoleon II in the Light of Unknown Sources

11:30   Discussion

11:45   Lunch in Cork

Session IV        Forces of Nature          Eugene Breydo, USA/Russia, Chair

1:30      Johan Joor, The Netherlands, New Perspectives on Dutch North Sea Fishery in the Napoleonic Period

2:00      Alasdair White, Belgium, Volcanoes in the Time of Revolution: The Impact of Natural Events on Political Change

3:00      Discussion

3:15     End of Academic Congress

6:00      Boat Tour of Cork Harbor (Optional)

Wednesday 6 July Tour One: Cobh (Dr. Verling’s grave, Cobh Cathedral, lunch at Bella Vista (Dr. Verling’s home), the Cobh Experience, the Titanic Experience. Cobh is a 15-minute train ride from Cork.

6:00      Reception and Gala Dinner, The Imperial Hotel

Thursday 7 July Tour Two: Georgian houses in North Cork, focusing on the St Ledger and Ainsley families who had connections to Dr. Verling. Transportation pending.

Friday 8 July Tour Three: Areas related to the Bantry Bay invasion and West Cork, exploring the major connections between Cork and the early stages of the French Republic, with highlights including a visit to one of Ireland’s most important places of the Irish Civil War Bail na Blath (where Cork’s most important politician was shot dead).

Saturday 9 July Walking tour of Cork, including visits to the Crawford Art Gallery that contains some Canova casts, the English Market, the Four Face Liars and other sites.

Note: Tour transportation costs and admission fees are the responsibility of those joining the tour. All tour times to be announced and will leave from The Imperial Hotel.

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