UHVHMBP008 Seminar on the basics of auxiliary historical sciences

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Summer 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Ilona Matejko-Peterka, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Ilona Matejko-Peterka, Ph.D.
Institute of Historical Sciences - Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Timetable of Seminar Groups
UHVHMBP008/A: Wed 16:25–18:00 M6, I. Matejko-Peterka
Basic orientation in specific types and kinds of sources from the field of individual auxiliary historical sciences.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the seminar is to acquaint students with various types of historical sources and basic procedures and methods in their processing. Emphasis is placed on the practical part of teaching, ie on the independent work of students with specific types and kinds of sources in the field of individual auxiliary historical sciences.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the student will be able to: - identify and describe individual types of historical sources. - transcribe and transliterate texts from   15. - 20th century - Identify and describe coats of arms, coins and seals. - Convert dates according to the Roman dating and the Christian calendar.
  • 1. Introductory information (literature, basic sources, methodical procedures, conditions for course credit. 2. Research of kinship degrees and creation of genealogical tables; 3. Conversion of historical sources data. 4. Analysis of length and weight measures used in the past and their conversion to modern units. 5. Study of internal and external features of documents and determination of their provenance and authenticity. 6.-8. Transcription and transliteration of texts from the 15th - 20th century; 9. Breakdown of abbreviations (brachygraphy). 10. Description and analysis of selected types of seals. 11. Description and analysis of various coins and currencies. 12. Blasonization of coats of arms. 13. Practical exercises with maps and geographical dictionaries.
    required literature
  • Ebelová, I. Klíč k novověké paleografii. Praha 2004. info
  • Hledíková, Z., Kašpar, J., Ebelová, I. Paleografická čítanka. 2 sv., Praha 2000. info
  • FRIEDRICH, Gustav. Rukověť křesťanské chronologie. Praha 1934 (reprint 1997). info
  • Pátková, H., Bastl, O. Texty k výuce diplomatiky. Praha 2003. info
  • PÁTKOVÁ, H. Cvičení z pozdně středověké paleografie. SCRIPTORIUM 2007. 2007. info
    recommended literature
  • Petráň, Z. - Radoměrský, P. Encyklopedie české numismatiky. Praha 1996. info
  • Vorel, T. Od pražského groše ke koruně české. Praha 2000. info
  • KREJČÍK, Tomáš. Pečeť v kultuře středověku. Ostrava 1998. info
  • KREJČÍKOVÁ, Jarmila - KREJČÍK, Tomáš. Úvod do české sfragistiky. Ostrava 1989. info
  • Krejčíková, J., Krejčík, T. Základy heraldiky, genealogie a sfragistiky. Praha 1987. info
  • Sejbal, J. Základy peněžního vývoje. Brno 1997. info
  • Hlaváček, I., Kašpar, J., Nový, R. Vademecum pomocných věd historických. Praha 1988, 1992, 1997, 2002. Praha, 2006. info
  • SEMOTANOVÁ, E. Historická geografie českých zemí. Praha: Historický ústav AVČR, 1998. info
Teaching methods
Lecture with discussion; analysis, critique and interpretation of historical sources.
Assessment methods
Written exam
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
Teacher's information
- Active participation in seminars - 90% compulsory attendance of lessons - continuous fulfilment of assigned tasks (oral, written). Fulfillment of assigned practical tasks focusing on the comprehensive processing of written sources using auxiliary historical sciences: reading and transcription, dating and analysis of written sources of individual categories and various provenances from the Middle Ages and modern times, their analysis, criticism and evaluation; classification, description and analysis of sfragistic, heraldic and numismatic sources with regard to their development; knowledge of editions on the history of the Czech lands and Central Europe and the ability to work with them. Active participation in seminars, compulsory completion of 90% of teaching, fulfilled assigned tasks (oral, written).

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