Course: Modern Czech History I (1780-1848)

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Course title Modern Czech History I (1780-1848)
Course code KHI/NCD1T
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Svoboda Milan, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Annotation: The lectures focus on the political development of the Czech lands within the Habsburg monarchy in the first half of the so-called long 19th century. During this stage, power relations in Europe changed significantly, affecting both the international position of the monarchy and its internal development. In this context, the changes in the political system of the monarchy and the position of the Czech lands within it until the revolutionary year of 1848 will be discussed. The lectures will also capture the economic, religious and cultural life in the Czech lands. Lectures: 1) Enlightenment reforms of Joseph II. and Leopold II. The Habsburg Monarchy and the Czech lands during the Great French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars (the end of the Holy Roman Empire, the emergence of the Austrian Empire). 2) Congress of Vienna, Holy Alliance, constitution of the German Association and the Czech lands. Metternich absolutism and the Czech lands. European revolutionary waves in the first half of the 19th century and their response in the Czech lands. 3) Economic development of the Czech lands within the monarchy (industrialization, its influence on the structure of society and changes in the landscape). 4) The transformation of the "traditional" class society from the abolition of slavery to the end of servitude (1781-1848). The bourgeoisie as a growing political and business class of Czech society. Rural population and its thinking. 5) Czech national movement - its development, representatives and supporters. Formation of Slovak national consciousness. 6) Francis II and Ferdinand V. - the specifics of their government. The Catholic Church, non-Catholics and (legal) changes in the status of Jews. Changes in education 1774-1848. 7) German and Czech literature and theater. Its representatives in the Czech lands. New styles: Classicism, Romanticism, Biedermeier. Exercises: The lectures are followed by exercises in which students in independent presentations demonstrate the ability to work with contemporary textual and pictorial sources and critically formulate conclusions from the studied literature.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 62 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 62 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course, structured chronologically in the five thematic sections, acquaints with the contemporary conception of the interpretation of the Czech early modern history. It aims to the general considerations concerning the incorporation of the Czech countries into the Hapsburgh monarchy. It does not avoid the historiographic problems of interpretation. The seminars deal with the chosen topics to the lectures in detail; particularly, in groups and en bloc. It takes into consideration the interpretation of sources and use of literature creatively. It assumes the knowledge of the bases of historic work with his ability to critically work with electronic mediums.
It corresponds to the definition of the subject and to the demands given in syllabus.
Fulfilment of previous study obligations, see the study program.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active attendance on discussions (lessons); fulfilment of homework; passing a test successfully; study of recommended literature
Recommended literature
  • Velké dějiny zemí Koruny české, XIa-XIb (1792-1860). Praha-Litomyšl, 2013. ISBN 978-80-7432-348-5.
  • KOŘALKA, Jiří. Češi v habsburské říši a v Evropě 1815-1914. Sociálněhistorické souvislosti vytváření novodobého národa a národnostní otázky v českých zemích. Praha, 1996. ISBN 80-7203-022-1.
  • LNĚNIČKOVÁ, Jitka. České země v době předbřeznové 1792-1848. Praha, 1999. ISBN 80-85983-27-3.
  • PÁNEK, Jaroslav a kol. Dějiny českých zemí. Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-246-1544-8.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): - (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter