BA207 Newer history of Lithuania and Poland

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Halina Beresnevičiúte Nosalova, Ph.D., M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mag. Vaidas Šeferis, Dr. phil.
Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Halina Beresnevičiúte Nosalova, Ph.D., M.A.
Supplier department: Department of Linguistics and Baltic Languages - Faculty of Arts
Fri 8:00–9:40 L35
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 also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to understand and explain main issues of the modern history of Lithuania and Poland (from the 17th century to the 20th century).
Learning outcomes
After finishing the course, the student should be able: - to identify main periods of political and social development of Poland and Lithuania in 1569-1940; - to describe the trends of political, social and cultural development at the times of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, under the rule of Russian, Prussian and Austrian Empires and the republic between the world wars; - to describe the specific features of the historical development on the territory of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and differences in their historical interpretation; - to describe the political and social factors, which formed modern nations and modern republics in polish and Lithuanian lands.
  • 29.09. Introduction 06.10. Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth: Political system and political culture 13.10. The Wars with Sweden and Russia. The Challenges of Absolutism. The Obstacles to Military reforms. 20.10. Social and Economic Problems Challenges to the Commonwealth. Clienteles and Informal Structures of Power. The Second Feudal slavery and Economic Crisis. 27.10. The Life of Multi-Cultural Society. Religious Tolerance and Conflicts. Battles in Schooling: Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox schools. 3.11. Enlightenment Reforms. The Partitions of the Commonwealth. 10.11. The Politics of Russia and Prussia in the Eastern Lands of the Former Commonwealth. Its Impact on the Formation of Modern Nations. 24.11. Models of "National Awakening". The Revolutionary and Positivist Traditions in Polish and Lithuanian National Movements. 01.12. The Decline of Estates Society. The Ways and Obstacles to Social Integration. Social Structure of National Movements 08.12. The Challenge of Modern Nationalisms to Multi-cultural Society. Antisemitism. The Programs of Political Parties Before WWI. 15.12. Poland and Lithuania between the World Wars. Internal and International Development.
    required literature
  • KOSMAN, Marceli. Dějiny Polska. Translated by Jan Vitoň. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 451 s. ISBN 9788024618425. 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
  • KVĚTINA, Jan. Šlechtická demokracie : parlamentarismus v polsko-litevském státě v 16.-17. století. Červený Kostelec: Pavel Mervart, 2011. 245 stran. ISBN 9788087378588. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Za naši a vaši svobodu : století polských povstání (1794-1864). Vyd. 1. Praha: Argo, 2006. 391 s. ISBN 8072036688. info
  • ŘEZNÍK, Miloš. Polsko. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2002. 228 s. ISBN 8072771299. info
    not specified
  • 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
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussion, homeworks, reading.
Assessment methods
Students choose between methods of examination mentioned below:
1) Written report on the given topic and it's oral presentation at the class-discussion (max 5 pts.). PLUS final written exam: students are given 3 questions and choose 1 to answer to (max 5 pts.). PLUS active participation at class-discussions (max 5 pts.).
The positive final evaluation presupposes student has min 12 pts. after final examination.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2000, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2017.
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