MVZn5077 Central Europe in International Politics: Past, Presence and Future

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
PhDr. Michal Kořan, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Michal Kořan, 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
Prerequisites (in Czech)
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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 61 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/61, only registered: 0/61
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The goal of the course is to introduce the concept of Central Europe in historical, topical and normative variations and to enable the students to contemplate the region from a critical perspective, to appreciate its specificities as well as past and future challenges.
Learning outcomes
Upon finishing this course the student will be able to critically and creatively think about ideas, past, meaning, problems and opportunities linked with the concept of “Central Europe” At the same time the student will be able to rationally reason about the future of this concept, as well as about the future of this region as such from many points of view: economic, politics, geopolitics, culture and most recent world development.
  • 1. Concept of Central Europe in the history of European political thinking 2. Concept of Central Europe in the period of the Nazi and Communist totalitarian regimes 3. Central Europe in the Soviet foreign policy (1945 - 1989) 4. Central Europe in the American foreign policy (1945 - 1989) 5. Central Europe and the collaps of Communism 6. Formation of the Visegrad group and other Central European political concepts 7. Central Europe and the Euro-Atlantic integration 8. "New Central Europe" in the American foreign policy 9. "New Central Europe" in contemporary European politics 10. "New Central Europe" and other actors of contemporary world politics 11. The future of Central Europe
    recommended literature
  • Johnson, Lonnie (1996) Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends, Osxford: Oxfored University Press
  • Neumann, Iver, b. (1999): Uses of the Other. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
  • Rotchild, Joseph (1974): East Central Europe between the two World Wars. University of Washington Unviersity Press
  • KOŘAN, Michal. Czech Foreign Policy in 2007 - 2009: Analysis. 2010. ISBN 978-80-86506-90-6. info
  • The Czech and Slovenian EU presidencies in a comparative perspective. Edited by Petr Drulák - Zlatko Šabič. Dordrecht: R[epublic] of L[etters], 2010. xi, 330. ISBN 9789089790514. info
  • KOŘAN, Michal. Visegrádská socializace a její dopad na národní zájmy. In Drulák, P. - Handl, V. (a kol.): Hledání českých zájmů III: Vnitřní rozmanitost a vnější akceschopnost. Praha: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů, 2010. info
  • KOŘAN, Michal, Nikola HYNEK, Vít STŘÍTECKÝ and Handl VLADIMÍR. The US-Russian security 'reset': implications for Central-Eastern Europe and Germany. European Security. 2009, vol. 18, No 3, p. 263 - 285. ISSN 0966-2839. info
  • KOŘAN, Kořan. Česká zahraniční politika v roce 2007: Analýza ÚMV. Praha: Ústav mezinárodních vztahů, 2008. 416 pp. ISBN 9788086506678. info
  • KOŘAN, Michal. Evropská otázka a předčasné volby v Rakousku. Edited by Šedo, Jakub. In Evropská otázka ve volebních kampaních. Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 2004. p. 84-125. ISBN 80-210-3212-x. info
  • KOŘAN, Michal. Rakousko a ostatní státy Visegradské skupiny. In Hloušek, Vít - Sychra, Zdeněk (eds.) Rakousko v evropské a středoevropské politice. 1st ed. Brno: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně, 2004. 125 pp. ISBN 80-210-3589-7. info
  • The road to the European Union. Edited by Jacques Rupnik - Jan Zielonka. 1st publ. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003. vi, 294. ISBN 0719065976. info
  • Prospects for democratic consolidation in east-central Europe. Edited by Geoffrey Pridham - Attila Ágh. 1st pub. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001. xiv, 244 s. ISBN 0-7190-6057-5. info
  • JANOS, Andrew C. East Central Europe in the modern world : the politics of the borderlands from pre- to postcommunism. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2000. 488 s. ISBN 0-8047-3743-6. info
  • POSPÍŠIL, Ivo. Pobaltí v transformaci : politický vývoj Estonska, Litvy a Lotyšska. Edited by Adam Rakovský - Břetislav Dančák. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita. Mezinárodní politologický ústav, 1999. 246 s. ISBN 8021022485. info
  • ÁGH, Attila. Emerging democracies in East central Europe and the Balkans. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1998. viii, 359. ISBN 1858988179. info
  • ÁGH, Attila. The politics of central Europe. 1st pub. London: SAGE Publications, 1998. ix, 244 s. ISBN 0-7619-5032-X. info
  • DANČÁK, Břetislav. Polské politické strany a jejich zahraniční orientace. 1996. 145 s. info
  • Nacionalismus - novodobá droga : svědectví pro ty, kteří chtějí vědět víc. Edited by Jacques Rupnik. Praha: Melantrich, 1992. 159 s. ISBN 8070231424. info
  • RUPNIK, Jacques. The other Europe. Rev. ed. New York: Pantheon Books, 1989. xii, 291. ISBN 0805240772. info
  • BUGAJSKI, Janusz. Czechoslovakia : Charter 77's decade of dissent. Edited by Walter Laqueur. 1st publ. New York: Praeger, 1987. xii, 118. ISBN 0275927709. info
  • The politics of backwardness in Hungary, 1825-1945. Edited by Andrew C. Janos. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1982. xxxvi, 370. ISBN 9781400843022. info
Teaching methods
The class will be a combination of lectures and seminar discussions of the position papers on selected literature.
Assessment methods
Position papers (for each class) Active participation Final essay
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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