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02 December 2020

17:00 - 18:00

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Two great military events are associated with Brno – the Swedish siege in 1645 and the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805. Back in May, we devoted a webinar to the 375th anniversary of the siege, and now it’s time to turn to the Battle of Austerlitz: 2 December marks its 215th anniversary.

Like the Swedish siege, this event too is best suited for a webinar-style armchair walk, since the places involved are widely scattered round Brno as well as on the battlefield itself, which lies about 12 kilometres or so southeast of the city centre between the villages of Tvarožná and Prace.

We’ll start by looking at why Napoleon was here at all and where he stayed and what he did when he was here. Then, of course, comes the Battle of Austerlitz (the Germanised name for Slavkov u Brna)  itself and its aftermath, and – perhaps a surprise for many, locals included – Napoleon’s re-appearance in Brno four years later.

And finally, we’ll see how over the years the story of his presence in Brno and the surroundings has played out in many ways and in many places: plaques, graves, family names, an obelisk, a column, a railway station, re-enactments and, most recently, parades and balls.

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