Olomouc, Czech Republic

Contested Heart of Europe: Central Europe’s Turbulent Past

when 12 July 2024 - 11 August 2024
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 2400

Central Europe, nestled at the crossroads of cultures and civilizations, has been shaped by centuries of conflicts and diverse ideologies, but also remarkable intellectual and artistic contributions. The four-week summer school is going to investigate its rich history and culture, from the medieval era to the tumultuous twentieth century. Each week will focus on one period with its most significant phenomena, processes, and events.

Week 1 will take you back to the Middle Ages, discussing the Christianization and the influences from East and West, the role of medieval religious institutions, and the impact of the Hussite movement.

Week 2 will explore the early modern times with the Reformation and the ensuing confessional clashes, witch-hunts, but also impressive works of Baroque art.

Week 3 will cover the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth, examining the rise of nations and empires,from the chaos of Napoleonic wars to the aftermath of World War I.

Week 4 will discuss the complexities of the twentieth century, including the emergence of totalitarian regimes, World War II and the Shoa, and the enduring Cold War tensions.

Throughout the four-week duration of the programme, a blend of lectures, readings, discussions, and excursions will be incorporated to enable a comprehensive and multifaceted comprehension of the region's history.

Course leader

doc. Mgr. Martin Elbel, M.A., Ph.D.
Contact person: Jiří Mánek (jiri.manek@upol.cz)

Credits info

6 EC
6 ECTS credits

Fee info

EUR 2400: The price for the summer school includes:

• Payment gateway fee
• Administrative fee
• Academic programme
• Accommodation at our student dormitories: double and triple rooms
• Local accommodation fee
• Side events including day-long trips, field trips, a Welcome Party, and more
• Transport to/from the destinations during our class trips
• Entrance tickets to sights in the itinerary
• Supplies for the lessons
• Welcome Pack
• Refreshments
• Welcome/Farewell Party


a partner discount of 10% available (€2160) – contact jiri.manek@upol.cz for a discount code