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JAROMÍR HANÁK

Who am I?

A historian inseparable from the Battle of Austerlitz (2nd Dec. 1805) for more than quarter of a century. Since November 1989 until recently working in the Castle of Austerlitz and The Cairn of Peace Museum, in the battlefield. The author of exhibitions dedicated to the Austerlitz Phenomenon as well as dozens of publications, studies and articles, editor and publisher of publications most of which are bound particularly to the Battle of the Three Emperors. Familiarity with the battlefield resulted in publishing the newest, up-to-date voluminous and comprehensive guidebook to the area of the battle. I offer you to get to know and experience the battlefield together with me, either through the guidebook or with me personally right in the battlefield. Let´s set out!

The Austerlitz Battlefield
A Guide to the Area of the „Battle of the Three Emperors“

The uniquely laid out guide is intended for both knowledgeable readers with a permanent interest in the 1805 campaign and the Battle of Austerlitz / Slavkov (2 December 1805) and people at large. The text primarily provides information about the individual villages and important places on the battlefield. Each chapter also briefly portrays a given place or village, describes in detail the development of the battle there, gives a tour tip and information about commemorative features – monuments, buildings, heritage and memorable sites connected with the Battle of Slavkov/Austerlitz. The Guide also covers the places outside of the battlefield which played an important role in the events related to the battle (Brno, Vyškov, Násedlovice, Bratislava).

The introductory part consists of chapters on the landscape of the battle, its historical and factual context, protagonists, the armies involved and their commanders.

The text contains some enlightening digressions into areas relating to the battle, which complete the mosaic of the exposition: Care of the Wounded, The Day of the Battle, The Slavkov/Austerlitz Inspirations (an overview of specialist and artistic production inspired by the battle), Tradition of Annual Remembrance Events, Pilgrims for Peace, The Buried; also chapters on the alleged Slavkov Treasure, the Slavkov/Austerlitz Chateau and more are included.

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The Guide's unique, novel and extraordinary feature – for all important places (many of which are outside of villages and in some distance from roads) are not only GPS data but also QR codes specified that will allow mobile phone owners to easily locate places of interest on the map with a QR codes reader.

Final practical information about finding one´s bearing on the battlefield, educational paths and cycle routes, details of local transport, tips for one- or two-day visits to the battlefield and an overview of recommended hotels, boarding houses and restaurants on the battlefield and in its nearest surroundings. Plus information about the institutions operating on the battlefield, including their contact information.
Quick orientation in the Guide is facilitated by a detailed register.

217 x 124 mm size, 224 pages on glossy paper, more than 450 colour and black and white pictures, maps, plans, original drawings of uniforms, indelible UV colour print, four-colour laminated carton cover, hardback.
ISBN 978-80-86831-01-5
Recommended price CZK 499 incl. VAT. Or order from the publisher (by post, by phone or by e-mail) for CZK 399 + postage.

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