PJN104 History and Culture of Poland

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Renáta Buchtová, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Tue 10:00–11:40 B2.32
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
This course is an outline of Polish history, politics and culture since the Early Middle Ages to the present day. Historical and cultural specifics of the development of the Polish nation and territory and their influence on the forming of the modern Polish identity. At the end of this course, students should be able to understand the history of Polish lands, nation and culture since the half of the 10th century to the beginning of 3th millennium; to analyze some contemporary problems and phenomenons in Poland.
Learning outcomes
After completion of the course students will be able:
- to focus independently on the most important events of the history of Poland from the beginnings of statehood up to the present days,
- to explain and interpret key historical events and processes from the political, social and cultural spheres,
- to understand main historical events that form the collective memory of the Poles,
- to present the basic geographic and geopolitical characteristics of present-day Poland,
- to present (using specialized literature) a selected problem area from Polish political or cultural history,
- to apply the knowledge of Polish history to the development of Polish culture and literature.
  • 1-2. Introduction to Area Studies of Poland. Geography of Poland in outline.
  • 3. The Piast monarchy. Period of divisions. Arrival of the Teutonic Knights. Revival of the kingdom. The Czech dynasty. Cultural developments in the 11th–16th century. The states of the Jagiellonians.
  • 4. The Commonwealth. Social and cultural developments.Stephen Báthory and the Vasas. The Cossacks. The 17th-century crisis. Political stagnation. Decline and attempts at reform. The Saxons. Reforms, agony, and partitions of Poland. Social and economic changes The Enlightenment
  • 5. Partitioned Poland. The legions and the duchy of Warsaw. From the Congress of Vienna to 1848. Emigration as a permanent feature of Polish life for most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Emigration and revolt. The November and The January Insurrection. The January 1863 uprising and its aftermath
  • 6. Poland in the beginning of 20th century. The rebirth of Poland. The Second Republic
  • 7. Poland during World War II
  • 8.-9. Poland during the communist era (1945-1989)
  • 10. Poland after the collapse of communism in 1989
  • FRIEDL, Jiří, Tomasz JUREK, Miloš ŘEZNÍK and Martin WIHODA. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Martin Veselka. Vydání první. Praha: NLN Nakladatelství lidové noviny, 2017. 690 stran. ISBN 9788074223068. info
  • KOSMAN, Marceli. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Jan Vitoň. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 451 s. ISBN 9788024618425. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Polsko. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2002. 228 s. ISBN 8072771299. info
  • DAVIES, Norman. Polsko :dějiny národa ve středu Evropy. Translated by Miroslava Valentová - Aleš Valenta. V čes. jaz. vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 2003. 481 s., [8. ISBN 80-7260-083-4. info
  • PACZKOWSKI, Andrzej. Půl století dějin Polska 1939-1989. Translated by Petruška Šustrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2000. 381 s. ISBN 8020007377. info
  • CHWALBA, Andrzej. Polsko 1989-2008 : dějiny současnosti. Translated by Jiří Ogrocký. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2009. 254 s. ISBN 9788073251857. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Dějiny Polska v datech. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2010. 578 s. ISBN 9788072774081. info
  • VITOŇ, Jan. Úvod do dějin a kultury Polska. 1. vyd. Praha: Universita Karlova, 1995. 153 s. ISBN 80-7066-988-8. info
  • LENARD, Stanisław Bogusław and Ireneusz WYWIAŁ. Historia Polski w datach. Wyd. 1. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 2000. 584 s. ISBN 830113321X. info
  • MACŮREK, Josef. Dějiny polského národa. V Praze: Melantrich, 1948. info
  • MARKIEWICZ, Mariusz. Historia Polski : 1492-1795. Wyd. 2. popr. Kraków: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2005. 758 s. ISBN 8308033423. info
  • BRZOZA, Czesław and Andrzej Leon SOWA. Historia Polski 1918-1945. Kraków: Wydawnictvo Literackie, 2007. 748 s. ISBN 9788308041253. info
  • ROSZKOWSKI, Wojciech. Historia Polski : 1914-1997. Wyd. 6. rozsz. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 1998. 476 s. ISBN 8301126841. info
  • MACŮREK, Josef. Češi a Poláci v minulosti. 1. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, 1964. 434 s., [4. info
  • WANDYCZ, Piotr S. Střední Evropa v dějinách : od středověku do současnosti : cena svobody. Translated by Jaroslav Valenta. Vydání 1. Praha: Academia, 1998. 301 stran. ISBN 8020006575. info
  • Historia Polski XIX-XX wieku. Edited by Paweł Samuś. Wyd. 1. Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 1999. 203 s. info
  • TYMOWSKI, Michał, Jan KIENIEWICZ and Jerzy HOLZER. Historia Polski. Wyd. 3. popr. Warszawa: Editions Spotkania, 1990. 381 s. ISBN 2869140185. info
  • CZUBIŃSKI, Antoni. Historia Polski XX wieku. Wyd. 2, poszerzone. Poznań: Wydawnictwo Poznańskie, 2003. 501 s. ISBN 8371772017. info
  • SUCHODOLSKI, Bogdan. Dzieje kultury polskiej. Warszawa: Interpress, 1986. ISBN 83-223-1856-1. info
  • BOGUCKA, Maria. Dzieje kultury polskiej do 1918 roku. Wrocław: Zakład narodowy imienia Ossolińskich, 1987. 435 s. ISBN 8304023032. info
  • WANDYCZ, Piotr S. The price of freedom : a history of East Central Europe from the Middle Ages to the present. 2nd ed. New York :.: Routledge, 2001. xvii, 335. ISBN 0415254914. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Za naši a vaši svobodu : století polských povstání (1794-1864). Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 391 s. ISBN 8072036688. info
  • WANDYCZ, Piotr S. The lands of partitionedPoland : 1795-1918. 4rd print. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. xvii, 431. ISBN 0295953586. info
Teaching methods
Lectures are combined with class discussions. Compulsory work with e-learning support of the course (ELF).
Assessment methods
Requirements: attendance (more than 70 %), final written test. Evaluation scale: A 100–90 %, B 89–85 %, C 84–75 %, D 74–70 %, E 69–60 %, F (fail) 59–0 %.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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