PJA111 Outline of Polish History and Culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2008
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Ludvík Štěpán, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: prof. PhDr. Ludvík Štěpán, Ph.D.
Wed 8:20–9:55 B12
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields 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.
  • 1. Introduction to Area Studies of Poland
  • 2. The Piast monarchy. Period of divisions. Arrival of the Teutonic Knights. Revival of the kingdom. The Czech dynasty. Cultural developments in the 11th –14th century
  • 3. The states of the Jagiellonians The Golden Age of the Sigismunds. The Commonwealth Social and cultural developments Poland and Lithuania under a single ruler
  • 4. Stephen Báthory and the Vasas. The Cossacks. The 17th-century crisis. Political stagnation
  • 5. Decline and attempts at reform. The Saxons. Reforms, agony, and partitions of Poland. Social and economic changes The Enlightenment
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Poland in the 20th century. The rebirth of Poland. The Second Republic
  • 8. Poland during World War II
  • 9. Poland during the communist era (1945-1989)
  • 10. Poland after the collapse of communism in 1989
  • 11. Chapters from the history of Polish architecture, fine art and music
  • 12. Chapters from the history of Polish theatre and cinematography. Polish system of education and main scholarly institutions.
  • 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
  • ROSZKOWSKI, Wojciech. Historia Polski : 1914-1997. Wyd. 6. rozsz. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, 1998. 476 s. ISBN 8301126841. info
  • PACZKOWSKI, Andrzej. Půl století dějin Polska 1939-1989. Translated by Petruška Šustrová. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2000. 381 s. ISBN 8020007377. info
  • VITOŇ, Jan. Úvod do dějin a kultury Polska. 1. vyd. Praha: Universita Karlova, 1995. 153 s. ISBN 80-7066-988-8. 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
  • 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
  • WANDYCZ, Piotr S. The lands of partitionedPoland : 1795-1918. 4rd print. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. xvii, 431. ISBN 0295953586. 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
  • MACŮREK, Josef. Dějiny polského národa. V Praze: Melantrich, 1948. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Polsko. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2002. 228 s. ISBN 8072771299. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Za naši a vaši svobodu : století polských povstání (1794-1864). Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 391 s. ISBN 8072036688. info
  • MACŮREK, Josef. Češi a Poláci v minulosti. 1. Vyd. 1. Praha: Nakladatelství Československé akademie věd, 1964. 434 s., [4. info
  • Dějiny Polska. Vyd. 1. Praha: Svoboda, 1975. 570 s. : i. info
Assessment methods
Credit requirements: attendance (3 absences per semester are allowed), 2 written tests during the semester (2x15 points) and final test in credit-week (70 points). Student need to score a minimum total of 60 points from the tests to gain credit.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2000, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018.
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