FF:PV1B125 Medieval Swiss Confederation - Course Information
PV1B125 Peasants, Wars and Lots of Treaties. The Medieval Swiss ConfederationFaculty of Arts
- Extent and Intensity
- 0/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
- Dr. phil. Heinrich Speich, MAS (lecturer)
- Guaranteed by
- Mgr. Petr Elbel, Ph.D.
Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Olga Barová
Supplier department: Department of Auxiliary Historical Sciences and Archive Studies - Faculty of Arts
- Fri 28. 2. 10:00–12:40 B2.42, Fri 6. 3. 10:00–12:40 B2.42, Fri 3. 4. 10:00–12:40 B2.42, Fri 22. 5. 10:00–12:40 B2.42
- English. Knowledge in palaeography and diplomatics are not required, passive knowledge of German is helpful.
- 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
- there are 24 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
- Course objectives
- The medieval Swiss Confederation as a research topic seems far away and unimportant for East-Central European students. There are though many similarities. Basically, Swiss History is often dealt with under the plea of being a “special case” in European history. The course-topic is to investigate whether the introduced processes and related events are of general-importance or rather of regional significance. The Swiss Confederation is considered the reference-model to test general medieval concepts such as the fief-system, conflict-resolution strategies, the evolving city-states or the politically emerging rural communities. As a result, (national) historiography is questioned for its accuracy to embed Swiss events and structures into a transnational European History.
- Learning outcomes
- Students are enabled to:
- enumerate the basics on Swiss medieval history
- describe the most common research topics and research outcomes relating to specific Swiss themes: cities, rural communities, treaties, warfare and the formation of the Confederation
- distinguish the main phases of Swiss medieval historiography
- describe motives and narrative techniques of nation state-historiography
- • 1. Basic knowledge: space, structures and events, historiographical introduction. Exercise: “from 13.15h to 15.15h: The Swiss watch on medieval battles”
- • 2. To the origins of the Confederation: of abbeys, lords, peasants and urban elites. Exercise: “Federal Charters” from 1291 to 1513
- • 3. Alliance, agreement, contract, treaty, friendship and combourgeoisie: The art of contracting. Exercise: bilateral alliances between Bern and Fribourg
- • 4. Confederates. The Burgundian wars and the ultimate test of the alliance-system. Exercise: analysis of the treaty of Stans 1481. Final discussion.
- Teaching methods
- Students are expected to read texts beforehand. They should participate actively in the discussions.
- Assessment methods
- 1.) transcriptions and translations
2.) Short written exam: text-analysis of a charter (30’)
- Language of instruction
- Further Comments
- Study Materials
- Enrolment Statistics (recent)
- Permalink: https://is.muni.cz/course/phil/spring2020/PV1B125