EGO422 International Politics in Modern Europe

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Kateřina Fridrichová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 14:00–15:40 U42
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
The course aims at introduction into history of international relations in Europe in the 17th-20th centuries Europe. The main goal of the course is to present the most important historical events and interpret these in the perspective of changing structures of European system of states, changing patterns of diplomatic conduct, changing conditions of economy, society and domestic politics and, to the minimal necessary extent only, also in the context of changing global international politics. The course is composed of chronologically subsequent topics dealing with the most important features of the given period. The ambition goes beyond mere description of key moments, events, figures, wars, battlefields etc. The teachers strive instead to present those features and trends of modern and contemporary international relations in Europe that were or have been shaping the recent external relations of the countries in the European Union and beyond. The course puts emphasis on political-diplomatic aspects of international politics but the readings and presentations will include other features (economic, military, cultural relations etc.) wherever necessary.
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the history of international relations in Europe in the 17th-20th centuries. 2. Understand relations among political, economic, and social historical processes affecting European international politics. 3. Evaluate evolution of early modern, modern, and contemporary European diplomacy. 4. Understand shifting role of Europe as an actor of global politics as well as international context of the processes of European integration.
  • 1. New international order: European Politics 1648-1789 2. Double Revolution in Diplomacy: French Revolution and Congress in Vienna 3. Concert of Powers: European politics 1815-1856 4. Concert terminated: Towards the First World War 5. Remake of Europe: First World War and Paris Peace Conference 6. Midterm test 7. Democracy in Decline: Problems of international politics in the interwar Europe 8. Decline of European Power: Division of Europe, Emergence of the Soviet Bloc and Decolonisation of Western European Empires 9. Cold War in Europe 10. European Integration 11. Europe Undivided: European integration after the fall of Berlin Wall 12. Final Test
    required literature
  • • Mark Gilbert (2012): European Integration: A Concise History. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • LUNDESTAD, Geir. International relations since 1945 : east, west, north, south. 8th edition. Los Angeles: Sage, 2018. xii, 312. ISBN 9781473973466. info
  • KERSHAW, Ian. To hell and back : Europe, 1914-1949. Great Britain: Penguin books, 2016. xxv, 592. ISBN 9780141980430. info
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures mixed together with semminars including class discussion.
Assessment methods
The final grade consists of a two written exam tests (50 per cent each).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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