PJV013 Modern History of Poland in the Context of Central Europe

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Roman Baron, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Roman Baron, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Roman Madecki, Ph.D.
Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Roman Baron, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Slavonic Studies - Faculty of Arts
each even Thursday 14:00–15:40 M22
Prerequisites (in Czech)
PJN104 History of Poland || PJA111 Polish History and Culture || ! PJ_83 Modern History of Poland
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 history of Polish literature and the Polish language are closely intertwined with the history of the Polish nation and state in modern era. Without basic knowledge of Polish historical development - especially from the third division of the Polish-Lithuanian Union in the late 18th century to the present days.
Learning outcomes
Student will be able:
- to identify and summarize the main problems of the history of Poland in the context of Central Europe in the selected period;
- to compare the historical development in Poland in the selected period with the development in the Czech lands;
- to identify and comment the subject's primary literature;
- to analyze the main sources and work with them;
- to write an essay on the subject and discuss the topic.
  • 1. Three partitions of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1772-1795) – causes and effects;
  • 2. Polish question during the Napoleonic Wars;
  • 3. „For our freedom and yours“;
  • 4. Between treason, loyalty and patriotism;
  • 5. World War I and recreated Poland;
  • 6. Interwar Poland – successes and failures;
  • 7. World War II – „defeat in victory“;
  • 8. Part of the Soviet bloc (1945, 1956, 1968, 1970, 1980, 1981, 1989);
  • 9. The prize of freedom (road to NATO and the EU);
  • 10. Contemporary Poland – liberal, conservative or post-communist?
    required literature
  • 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
  • MADECKI, Roman and Roman BARON. Česká polonistická studia : tradice a současnost (filologie – historie – politologie – právo) (Inquiries in Czech Polish Studies : Tradition and Contemporaneity (Philology - History - Politcal Science - Law)). Praha: Historický ústav AV ČR, 2014. 620 pp. Opera Instituti Historici Pragae, Series A - Monografia, Volumen 56. ISBN 978-80-7286-245-0. info
  • KOSMAN, Marceli. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Jan Vitoň. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 451 s. ISBN 9788024618425. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Dějiny Polska v datech. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2010. 578 s. ISBN 9788072774081. 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
  • DAVIES, Norman. Polsko : dějiny národa ve středu Evropy. Translated by Miroslava Valentová - Aleš Valenta. V českém jazyce vyd. 1. Praha: Prostor, 2003. 481 s. ISBN 8072600834. 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
    recommended literature
  • • KOVÁCS, István. Piłsudski – Katyń – Solidarita: klíčové pomy polských dějin. Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2010. 312 s. ISBN 978-80-87029-85-5
  • KŘEN, Jan. Dvě století střední Evropy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2005. 1109 s. ISBN 8072036122. info
  • SZŰCS, Jenő. Tri historické regióny Európy. 1. vyd. Bratislava: Kalligram, 2001. 129 s. ISBN 8071492639. info
  • MACŮREK, Josef. Dějiny polského národa. V Praze: Melantrich, 1948. info
Teaching methods
Monologic and dialogic methods. Lectures, practical exercises, discussion, homework.
Assessment methods
Active participation in lessons, written test, final essay. The text consists of 4 main parts (tasks), 60 % correct answers is needed to pass.
Language of instruction
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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