Czech Republic, Brno

Making and Re-Making Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars and Revolution

when 15 May 2019 - 14 June 2019
language English
duration 5 weeks
credits 5 EC

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the complex historical role of Central Europe in the larger canvass of European history in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The focus is on imperial and then national cultures, the legacies of the First and Second World Wars, communism and its downfall in 1989 and after. The Czech Republic’s dynamic second largest city, Brno, and the pearl of Moravia, will provide the starting point for regional travel. Students will visit the three great cities of the former Habsburg Empire, Budapest, Prague, and Vienna, each with its own unique churches, museums, and castles. Students will also visit Wroclaw, once a German city, but now a Polish one. There are four modules – an introductory session on the Habsburg and Ottoman Empires followed by period specific studies of Central Europe and the First and Second World Wars, Communist Central Europe and finally the region since 1989. In addition to activities in Brno, three-day excursions to Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Wroclaw will take place at the ends of weeks one, two, three and four. Return transportation and two nights’ overnight accommodation will be arranged for all course participants. Students may opt to spend additional time in these cities at their own expense. The course will conclude with a three-day closing workshop in the countryside of Moravia.

Target group

Bachelor students

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5 EC

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