International Conference: Napoleon and Wellington 250th anniversary of their birth (1769-2019)

Miguel Pack Martins's picture
Call for Papers
November 28, 2019 to November 29, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Military History, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, French History / Studies, British History / Studies


Napoleon and Wellington. Two giants whose lifes ended intertwined by the wars between the French Empire and the European Coalitions. The difference between these two soldiers in ideologies, character and loyalties is enough to a confrontation by such individuals. However they have something in common to share: bravery, ethic, ambition, leadership and coincidentally their year of birth, an occasion that reaches its 250th anniversary this year. Taking advantage of such event, this conference, will pursue a confrontation between these figures, not of sword and musket, but of ideas and multiple approaches that can give new perspectives on the careers of these remarkable men and the battles they fought during the so-called Napoleonic Wars.

Place and days of the conference

School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and Military Academy. Lisbon, 28th-29th November 2019.

Abstracts Submission

We warmly welcome papers that draw on several theorical backgrounds (e. g. archaeological, art historical, historical, literary or sociological methodologies). Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Napoleon and Wellington’s military education
  • Leadership and command
  • Generals, admirals and staff officers
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Military organisation and recruitment
  • Weapons and logistic
  • The battles of Napoleon and Wellington
  • Naval warfare
  • Beyond the war: politic, diplomacy, economy, society and culture
  • Portugal, Napoleon and Wellington: the Peninsular War
  • Napoleon and Wellington’s legacies

The working language of the conference is English and there will be a registration fee of 30 €. Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 20 minute paper along with a biographical note of 150 words, to: The submissions deadline is the 1st October 2019 (publication of the approved submissions: 15th October 2019). A publication of selected papers is planned. A guided visit to the military museum of Lisbon is included.

Submissions Deadline

The submissions deadline is the 1st October 2019

Contact Info: 

In case of doubt or further information, please contact:

Miguel Pack Martins, member of the organizing committee and research assistant at the Center for History of the University of Lisbon



Contact Email: