Course: Chosen Problems of the World Latest History - The Birth, Development and Crisis of the Communist Systems in the Countries of the Middle and Southeast Europe

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Course title Chosen Problems of the World Latest History - The Birth, Development and Crisis of the Communist Systems in the Countries of the Middle and Southeast Europe
Course code KHI/PSN1U
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-optional
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
Lecturer(s)
  • Pažout Jaroslav, doc. PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
01) The origin of Communist movement (from 19th century untill the WWI) 02) Communist movement between two wars 03) The development of Communist movement during the WWII and formation of the Soviet block within the bipolarized world after the end of the WWII 04) The year 1953 - first crisis of the Communist system after Stalin death 05) The year 1956 - XX. Congress of the CPSU and part discovery of Stalinist crimes, situation in Poland and Hungary revolution 06) Czechoslovakia in 1956 07) The comparison of political and social development in the Central and South European countries 08) The Polish "March 1968", student demonstrations in Poland 09) Czechoslovak reform movement in 1968 and its echo in other Communist countries of Central and Southeast Europe 10) Parallel biographies of Janos Kadar, Władysława Gomułky, Waltera Ulbrichta, Josipa Broze Tita a Alexandra Dubčeka 11) Comparison of political and social development in Central and Southeast European countries of the Soviet block in 1970s and 1980s 12) Polish political and social crisis in the 1970s and 1980s 13) The decay of the Communist system in 1989 14) Summary

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing)
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 62 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 62 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The lecture will analyze political and social development of the Central and Southeastern European countries of the Soviet block after 1945. Attention is focused on the management regimes that some of these countries are often caught at the same time as it was in 1956 and 1968. The aim is to compare the developments in the Central and Southern European countries of the Soviet bloc and to monitor its impact on the domestic situation of other countries. One possible method for this comparison is the parallel monitoring of political and life stories of selected leaders.
Students will become familiar with the political history of Europe in the context of Czechoslovakia in 1948-1989.
Prerequisites
Compliance with the previous study requirements, and knowledge of European modern Czechoslovak history.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active attendance on discussions (lessons); fulfilment of homework; passing a test successfully; study of recommended literature
Recommended literature
  • Durman K. Útěk od praporů. Kreml a krize impéria 1964-1991. Praha, 1998.


Study plans that include the course
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Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (15) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (18) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (17) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter