2021 Année Napoléon > The Masséna Society


As part of the commemoration of the bicentenary of the death of Napoleon, the Massena Society is organising a three-day zoom symposium on Napoleon and his legacy.

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The zoom links will be provided to participants after registration (at this link)

Updated on 3 March 2021

“Napoleon and his Legacy: Warfare, Politics, and Society”
18-21 March 2021, online


Introductory Remarks
Victor-André Masséna, Fondation Napoléon
Samuel E. “Skip” Vichness, The Massena Society
Alexander Mikaberidze, LSUS / The Massena Society

Opening Keynote Speech:
“Napoleon: the ‘Famous Delinquent’”
Michael Broers, University of Oxford

FRIDAY, 19 MARCH, 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

The free study day will be be broadcast live online via Zoom. Sign up here.


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Named for French general Marshal André Masséna, the Society was founded in 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, by Donald D. Horward, Professor Emeritus of History, Florida State University, after discussions with the current Prince d’Essling and duc de Rivoli Victor-André Masséna, descendent of Marshal Masséna. Dr. Horward dedicated his career to studying Masséna, mentoring graduate students and promoting Napoleonic scholarship at Florida State and elsewhere, particularly at institutions educating military officers. The Society focuses on mentoring graduate students in Napoleonic and Revolutionary diplomatic, political, and military history.  The Masséna Society is unaffiliated with any university or institution.  Membership is by invitation, and the Society’s activities are supported by donations.