Conference Program

85th Annual Meeting of the Society for Military History

 Landscapes of War and Peace

April 5 - 8, 2018, Louisville, Kentucky

Title: Poster - Animated Map of Napoleon's 1805 Ulm-Austerlitz Campaign
Abstract: My "poster" (which will also include a computer demonstrations) is intended to publicize and invite the use of a semi-animated web-based map of the 1805 Austerlitz campaign that I together with Digital Humanities at the University of Oregon have developed. This map charts on a daily basis the movement of the larger elements of the French, Austrian, and Russian armies from August 23 to December, 3, 1805, the day following the battle of Austerlitz. In addition to positions, the finished map will have pop-up windows containing images, detailed maps, and further information regarding persons, places, battles and other events of particular interest during the campaign.

The map was designed for use in a large survey of modern military history to help students to understand the strategic and operational dimensions of Napoleonic warfare. I am working on translations of sets of documents that illustrate or exemplify some of the problems that commanders typically encountered. The first set, for instance, asks students to use selections from Napoleon's correspondence to draw conclusions regarding his operational and strategic methods. We have developed this map with the intention that other instructors might also find it useful in their classes.

The map will be finished in the next four weeks. Because loading the map onto my University of Oregon "pages" site, where the publicly accessible version can be found, is time-consuming and technically difficult, the currently posted version is a couple of years out-of-date. What we last posted can be accessed here:

However, I want to emphasize that the map is in fact complete except for some final edits and will be made public later this fall.
Alex Dracobly, University of Oregon

College of Arts and Sciences

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University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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