USESEA028 Modern History of Hungary

Faculty of Public Policies in Opava
Winter 2017
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
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
  • JUDT, T. Poválečná Evropa. Dějiny od roku 1945. Praha: Slovart, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7391-025-9. info
  • KŘEN, J. Dvě století střední Evropy. Praha: Argo, 2005. ISBN 80-7203-612-2. 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
  • 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
    recommended literature
  • KOVÁŘ, F. a HORČIČKA, V. Dějiny evropské integrace. Praha: Triton, 2005. ISBN 80-7254-731-3. info
  • GILBERT, F., LARGE, D. C. Konec evropské éry: dějiny Evropy 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
  • 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
  • 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
Seminar paper or detailed essay about read book (books) to given topic. On this base the oral exam focused on testing gained knowledge.
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2015, Winter 2016, Winter 2018.
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