USESEA028 Modern History of Hungary

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2013
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
prof. PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Dušan Janák, Ph.D.
Institute of Central European Studies – Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Expert Knowledge:
Students demonstrate the knowledge of historical facts, basic terminology and theoretical concepts related to Central Europe. They know key historical, politological and geographical syntheses as well as the course and consequences of the existing social science discourse related to this issue. They are able to analyze the key conflicts and problems of Central European space after 1918; they demonstrate the knowledge of modern Central European history, the development of totalitarian ideologies and non-democratic regimes, and transitologian problems in this area.
Expert Skills:
Students are able to independently search for, critically evaluate and sort out relevant facts from literature and other sources. They are able, by means of historical and politological methods, to describe, analyze and evaluate basic trends of political, social and economic development in Central European countries in particular periods and to compare them from the international perspective. They are able to explain the nature of key conflicts and problems, to interpret them in the context of society-wide development in the national and supranational- scale assessment, and they are able to write a professional or a popularized text.
General Competency:
The knowledge of basic problems and trends in modern Central European history forms the foundation for theoretical reflection of contemporary conflicts and cooperation, as well as for better understanding of political practice, for understanding contemporary interethnic, cross-border and international problems. Graduates are able to use the acquired knowledge and skills especially in the sphere of international cooperation and common projects, in the area of cooperation of public administration and non-profit organizations, especially in the cross-border cooperation within the Euroregions, as well as in the area of resolving national minority problems, and in the process of implementation of public policies within the European integration.
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 subject aims to present the main stages and problems in the development of Central European countries from World War I to 1990s. However, the emphasis is not put on a detailed exposition of history of particular countries, but on the generalized explanation of a whole complex of relationships that determine the character of coexistence (ie conflicts and cooperation) of the communities in Central European region. Students will acquire a basic general knowledge of profiling tendencies and features of the formation of social, political and cultural environment in this area in the 20th century, and that with respect to the European context and its transformations.
  • 1) The characteristics of approaches to the phenomenon of Central Europe in the 20th century: tradition and the present.
    2) Central Europe on the threshold and in the course of "the Great War" (1914-1918).
    3) The Versailles System and the new political power arrangement in the region: the most serious problems and conflicts (1919-1925).
    4) The uneven stabilization of Central European countries in the second half of 1920s.
    5) Central Europe in the crisis and on the way to the war conflict: national socialism, fascism, communism and democracy in th 1930s.
    6) World War II (1939-1945) and its consequences in Central European region.
    7) Social democracies and the beginning of the Cold War: Central Europe in the years 1944-1948.
    8) Totalitarian communist regimes in Central Europe in 1948-1956, their characteristics and development.
    9) De-Stalinization and the rise of post-totalitarian regimes in Central European countries in 1950s and 1960s.
    10) Central Europe in 1970s: the ambitions and insecurities of communist regimes.
    11) From Solidarity to the reforms (1980-1988).
    12) The fall of Communism in Central Europe (1989-1991).
    13) Redefinition of national states and the integration tendencies in 1990s.
    required literature
  • KOVÁŘ, F. a HORČIČKA, V. Dějiny evropské integrace. Praha: Triton, 2005. ISBN 80-7254-731-3. info
  • KŘEN, J. Dvě století střední Evropy. Praha: Argo, 2005. ISBN 80-7203-612-2. info
  • GILBERT, F., LARGE, D. C. Konec evropské éry: dějiny Evorpy 1890-1990. Praha: Mladá fronta, 2003. ISBN 80-204-0887-8. info
  • NÁLEVKA, V. Studená válka. Praha: Triton, 2003. ISBN 80-7254-327-X. info
  • DEJMEK, J. Československo, jeho sousedé a velmoci ve XX. století (1918-1992). Vybrané kapitoly z dějin československé zahraniční politiky. Praha: Centrum pro ekonomiku a politiku, 2002. ISBN 80-86547-07-8. info
  • DAVIES, N. Evropa. Dějiny jednoho kontinentu. Praha: Prostor, 2000. ISBN 80-7260-014-1. info
  • ORT, A. Evropa 20. století. Praha: Arista, 2000. ISBN 80-86410-06-4. info
  • BESANÇON, A. Nemoc století. Komunismus, nacismus a holocaust. Praha: Themis, 2000. ISBN 80-85821-89-3. info
  • VYKOUKAL, J., LITERA, B. a TEICHMAN, M. Východ. Vznik, vývoj a rozpad sovětského bloku 1944-1989. Praha: Libri, 2000. ISBN 80-85983-82-6. info
  • WANDYCZ, P.S. Střední Evropa v dějinách od středověku do současnosti. Cena svobody. Praha: Academia, 1998. ISBN 80-200-0657-5. info
  • HLAVÁČEK, I. (ed.). Československo a střední Evropa v meziválečném období. Praha, 1996. info
  • HOBSBAWM, E.J. Věk extrémů: krátké 20. století 1914-1991. Praha: Argo, 1988. ISBN 80-7203-184-8. info
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
Written exam or an extensive report on a book (or more books) related to a selected topic. Oral exam to verify acquired knowledge on the topic mentioned before.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018.
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