BA108 The Early History of the Baltic Area in the European Context

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: k (colloquium).
Halina Beresnevičiúte Nosalova, Ph.D., M.A. (lecturer), doc. Mag. Vaidas Šeferis, Dr. phil. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Bohumil Fořt, Ph.D.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: doc. Mag. Vaidas Šeferis, Dr. phil.
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Thu 9:10–10:45 B2.34
The course is primarily designed for students of full-time Baltic studies, but as an optional subject is open to anyone interested.
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 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 13/50, only registered: 0/50
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to understand and explain main issues of the History of the Baltic-region in the context of the European Middle Ages.
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student should be able: - to describe the trends of historical development in eastern Baltics in middle ages; - to describe the ethnic genesis of Baltic nations, the formation of states and of estate society in Eastern Baltics; - to describe more important historical sources, which are relevant for the study of medieval Baltic societies; - to describe the historical development in the Baltic region in the context of Medieval Europe and to identify the specific features of the development in Eastern Baltics.
  • 1) Baltic and Fennougric nations out of Christian Europe (until 10th century). 2) Christian Europe until 10th century: East – West opposition. 3) The Central Europe in 10th and 11th centuries: Origins of Czech, Polish and Hungarian states. 4) The North Europe in 9th-11th centuries: Expansion of the Vikings. 5) Europe and the Mediterranean in 11th-13th centuries: Knight orders. 6) The East Baltic Regions (from Prussia to Finland) in 10th-13th centuries: Infiltration of Christianity. 7) Territories of the Orders in Prussia and Livonia. Rise of Lithuanian state. 8) Great political projects in 14th century. Lithuanian-Polish Union. 9) Protestantism. Decline and secularization of Orders’ territories. 10) Literature of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
    required literature
  • BERESNEVIČIŪTĖ-NOSÁLOVÁ, Halina. Litva. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2006. 190 s. ISBN 8072773003. info
  • JUTIKKALA, Eino and Kauko PIRINEN. Dějiny Finska. Translated by Lenka Fárová. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2001. 408 s. ISBN 80-7106-406-8. info
  • ŠVEC, Luboš, Vladimír MACURA and Pavel ŠTOL. Dějiny pobaltských zemí. Praha: Lidové noviny, 1996. 423 s. ISBN 80-7106-154-9. info
    recommended literature
  • Jagellonské dědictví : kapitoly z dějin středovýchodní Evropy. Edited by Maciej Ruczaj, Translated by Rita Kindlerová. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2012. 234 s. ISBN 9788073252748. info
  • DVORNÍK, František. Zrod střední a východní Evropy : mezi Byzancí a Římem. Translated by Petr Slunečko. V českém jazyce vyd. 2. Praha: Prostor, 2008. 525 s. ISBN 9788072601950. info
  • LE GOFF, Jacques. Kultura středověké Evropy. Vyd. 2., Ve Vyšehradu 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2005. 702 s. ISBN 8070218088. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, presentation of papers, reading.
Assessment methods
Participation in discussions (max. 5 points), the presentation of paper according to prescribed literature (max 5 points) and final written examination (5-10 points). Students should gather at least 12 points for gaining a credit.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019.
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