ETMB105 Army

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
PhDr. Karel Altman, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Chovancová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Martina Pavlicová, CSc.
Department of European Ethnology – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Martina Maradová
Supplier department: Department of European Ethnology – Faculty of Arts
Mon 8:00–9:40 J31
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
Course objectives
The aim of the lectures is to evaluate the significance and transformation of the phenomenon of basic military service (ZVS) in the Czech lands in the years 1968-2004, based on the analysis and interpretation of various sources, against the background of different political regimes, ie the so-called socialist (communist) and democratic. Furthermore, the results of the study of the differences between the state-proclaimed idea of ​​the meaning of ZVS and its practical impact on several generations of Czech men will be presented.
Learning outcomes
After completing the course, students will be able to characterize and describe a specific phenomenon, which was the basic military service in our country. Students will be able to discuss the process of discipline and indoctrination of conscripts in relation to the ruling power, based on an examination of the changing relationship between officiality and practice.
  • Sources and literature Methodology History of "ZVS" in the Czech lands The societal and cultural significance of "ZVS" in a broader perspective The issue of the so-called cult of numbers Negative phenomena of "ZVS"
    recommended literature
  • HLAVÁČEK, Jiří. Vzestup a pád ČSLA? : vojenská profese v kolektivní paměti důstojnického sboru (1960-1970). Vydání první. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, nakladatelství Karolinum, 2019. 349 stran. ISBN 9788024644110. URL info
Teaching methods
Assessment methods
exam, test
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught once in two years.
Teacher's information
Other literature: Grobelný, J.: S emblémem Chodů na klopách. Ústí nad Orlicí: Oftis, 2013. Gruber, P.: Dva roky záklaďákem anebo jak to bylo doopravdy. ČSLA 1982–84. Brno: Tribun EU, 2012. Altman, K.: „A tak posílám ti pozdrav z vojny…“ (K problematice osobní korespondence jako zdroje etnologického poznání každodenního života příslušníků základní vojenské služby v období tzv. normalizace). Folia ethnographica 2019, 53/2, s. 57 – 64.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2025.
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