Understandably, the battles depicted in our November reading assignment might be a source of confusion for some of us. To aid our attempts to understand the bigger picture of what’s happening in the novel on the military side of things, I’ve found a couple of quick and dirty resources. First, take a look at PBS’s Napoleon at War webpage. The link will take you to the section on the Ulm-Austerlitz Campaign, which is the portion most relevant to us so far. The History Channel has a great video zeroing on the Battle of Austerliz.
I realize these portions of the novel can be intimidating because it’s difficult at times to know what’s happening. However, unless you’re particularly interested in doing a lot supplementary study of the military portions, I think it’s fine to have a general grasp of these battles. Focus most on the characters, how they’re developing, and how they’re responding to events generally beyond their control.