Theme 5 HIS116
Specialization in Pre-modern History
Theme 2: The Coasts of Bohemia: A History of the Czech Lands, 1350-1918
Course coordinator: Stephan Sander-Faes
In this course we will look at the history of the Czech lands (Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, as well as Upper and Lower Lusatia), covering events and developments from the mid-14th century to the end of Austria-Hungary in the ‘Last Days of Mankind’ (1914-18). This course, in other words, covers established scholarship and recent directions of one of Central Europe’s crucial, if widely under-appreciated and -researched, regions.
We will take a close look at events and developments in the Czech lands and their inhabitants, with emphasis resting on a number of key moments whose importance transcended the boundaries of any one territory. These incl., among others, the Hussite Revolution of the early 14th century, the Habsburg succession (1527), the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48), the Czech National Revival (1790s-), and the establishment of the 1st Czechoslovak Republic in autumn 1918. We shall look at both the history and the historiography of these events and developments of the past 200 years of scholarship, and the most recent 3-4 decades of research after the end of the Cold War.
Aims of this course:
Gaining an overview of the most important events, developments, and scholarly positions from multiple (transnational) perspectives.
Reflections on the continuities and discontinuities involved, as well as their implications for periodisation schemes of mainstream scholarship.
Particular attention will be paid to the scholarly discussions of the topics covered, with a specific focus on post-1989 scholarship.
Gaining of an understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as the theoretical underpinnings that inform this or that research position.
Gaining in-depth understanding of how to include and combine scholarly positions in one’s own research and writing processes.