UHVHPPBP51 Selected Chapters from Modern History I

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Teacher(s)
prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Jirásek, CSc. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Zdeněk Jirásek, CSc.
Institute of Historical Sciences - Faculty of Philosophy and Science 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 elective seminar develops a series of lectures from Recent History I, mainly in the form of independently prepared papers, the topics of which are selected to deepen the basic knowledge of lectures, or developed less exposed problems and led students to work with (printed) sources. Topics can be continuously changed. The organic part of the seminar consists of student discussions on papers, resp. problems raised by the seminar leader, further analysis of (especially printed) sources important for the issue and elaboration of seminar work. The gain of the credit is conditioned, in addition to participation in the seminar, by the activity of students (participation in discussions), the quality of the paper on the assigned topic, resp. term paper. When compiling the work, the student must demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques of the historian's work; in addition to compiling a special bibliography, emphasis is placed on searching for printed sources and source editions, working with sources, the ability to independently formulate problems. The scope of the work should not fall below 12 standard pages, of course, there are proper citations of the sources and literature used.
Learning outcomes
The elective seminar develops a series of lectures from Recent History I, mainly in the form of independently prepared papers, the topics of which are selected to deepen the basic knowledge of lectures, or developed less exposed problems and led students to work with (printed) sources. Topics can be continuously changed. The organic part of the seminar consists of student discussions on papers, resp. problems raised by the seminar leader, further analysis of (especially printed) sources important for the issue and elaboration of seminar work. The gain of the credit is conditioned, in addition to participation in the seminar, by the activity of students (participation in discussions), the quality of the paper on the assigned topic, resp. term paper. When compiling the work, the student must demonstrate mastery of the basic techniques of the historian's work; in addition to compiling a special bibliography, emphasis is placed on searching for printed sources and source editions, working with sources, the ability to independently formulate problems. The scope of the work should not fall below 12 standard pages, of course, there are proper citations of the sources and literature used.
Syllabus
  • 1. What is the Cold War? (Concept, characteristics, periodization) 2. W. Churchill: Speech in Fulton and its response in the Czech period press 3. J. V. Stalin: Speech on the Elections to the Supreme Soviet in February 1946 4. Establishment, activity and demise of the Information Bureau (1947-1956) 5. North Atlantic Treaty of April 1949 6. Military meeting in Moscow in January 1951 - myth and reality 7. USSR proposal to neutralize Germany of March 1952 8. Suez crisis against the background of block rivalry 9. The role of the UN in the post-war world and its role in resolving international crises 10. Sino-Soviet rift: causes and consequences 11. Meeting of J. F. Kennedy - N. S. Khrushchev in Vienna in the spring of 1961 12. Disarmament Efforts and the Peace Movement (1950s and 1980s) 13. Soviet foreign policy 1964-1983 and the so-called Brezhnev doctrine
Literature
    required literature
  • DURMAN, K. Popely ještě žhavé: velká politika 1938-1991). Světová válka a nukleární mír I. Praha 2004. info
  • LUŇÁK, P. Západ. Spojené státy a Západní Evropa ve studené válce. Praha, Libri 1997. info
  • SNYDER Timothy. Černá zem. Holocaust - Historie a varování. Praha, 2015. info
  • Fitzpatricková, S. - Geyer, M. Za obzor totalitarismu. Srovnání stalinismu a nacismu. Praha, 2012. info
  • DURMAN, Karel. Popely ještě žhavé II. Konce dobrodružství. Praha, 2009. info
  • VYKOUKAL, J. - LITERA, B. - TEICHMAN, M. Východ. Vznik, vývoj a rozpad sovětského bloku 1944-1989. Praha, 2000. info
    recommended literature
  • BREITMAN, R. Architekt "konečného řešení" (Himmler a vyvraždění evropských Židů). Praha, Argo 2004. info
  • DURMAN, K. Útěk od praporů. Kreml a krize impéria 1964-1991. Praha, Karolinum 1998. info
  • BERGHE, Y. Vanden. Velké nedorozumění. Dějiny studené války (1917-1990). Praha 1996. info
  • Browning, Ch.R. Obyčejní muži. Praha 2002.
  • Brooker, Ch.: Skryté dějiny evropské integrace od roku 1918 do současnosti. Brno 2006.
  • Lowe, K. Zdivočelý kontinet. Evropa po druhé světové válce. Prha 2015.
  • Eichler, J. Od Sarajeva po Hirošimu. Praha 2014.
  • Skřivan, A. Japonská válka 1931-1945. Praha 1997.
  • BÍLÝ, Matěj. Varšavská smlouva 1969?1985. Vrchol a cesta k zániku. Praha, 2017. info
  • EICHLER, Jan. Od Hirošimy po Bělehrad. Praha, 2015. info
  • SNYDER, T. Krvavé země. Evropa mezi Hitlerem a Stalinem. Praha, 2013. info
  • Bellamy, Chris. Absolutní válka. Praha, 2011. info
  • NÁLEVKA, V. Druhá světová válka. Praha: Triton, 2003. info
  • ROSEMAN, M. Setkání ve vile u jezera: Konference ve Wannsee a konečné řešení židovské otázky. Praha: Dokořán, 2003. info
  • PLECHANOVÁ, B. a FIDLER, J. Kapitoly z dějin mezinárodních vztahů 1941-1995. Praha: Institut pro středoevropskou kulturu a po, 1997. ISBN 80-85241-79-X. info
Teaching methods
Seminar, seminar work, discussion, evaluation.
Assessment methods
Written test, seminar work, 75% attendance
Language of instruction
Czech
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