PJA111 Outline of Polish History and Culture

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2014
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (lecturer)
Mgr. Jan Škvrňák (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Przybylski (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Roman Madecki, 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
Thu 14:10–15:45 C33
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/40, only registered: 0/40
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 9 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
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 –16th century. The states of the Jagiellonians.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Poland in the beginning of 20th century. The rebirth of Poland. The Second Republic
  • 6.-7. Poland during World War II
  • 8.-9. Poland during the communist era (1945-1989)
  • 10. Poland after the collapse of communism in 1989
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Polsko. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2002. 228 s. ISBN 8072771299. info
  • KOSMAN, Marceli. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Jan Vitoň. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 451 s. ISBN 9788024618425. 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
Credit requirements: attendance (min. 70%), seminar project, compulsory reading and final test in credit-week. Student need to score more than 65 % of points from the test to gain credit.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information about innovation of course.
This course has been innovated under the project "Faculty of Arts as Centre of Excellence in Education: Complex Innovation of Study Programmes and Fields at FF MU with Regard to the Requirements of the Knowledge Economy“ – Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0228, which is cofinanced by the European Social Fond and the national budget of the Czech Republic.

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