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Historical and Cultural Development of the Czech Lands

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Course Unit Code541-3514/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory type B
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *Second Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
VAH01Mgr. Věra Vahalíková
The course chronologicaly explains each evoliton era of the Czech society, while taking into account philosophical and cultural tendencies of said time periods. Through essential events in the history it clarifies historical context and also invokes further study of this matter. Lecture will guide the audience through the history from the oldest events documented by archeological findings, through medieval Czech kingdom, religious conflicts, Habsburg monarchy, up to century of the two world wars and formation and further patition of Czechoslovakia.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Basic understanding of the history of the Czech lands with emphasis on its reflection in the material culture. Knowledge of typical characteristics of each artistic period and possible use in tourism.
Course Contents
1. Periodization of the Czech history using modern Historiography, main diferences in development of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia
2. Prehistory, archeological findings, Celts, Gerrmans, Slavs
3. Forming of the first political units, Marobud, Samo and their lands, Great moravia and Czech state
4. Centralizing of the Czech princedom, hereditary kings, Přemyslid dynasty, Romanesque architecture
5. Czech kingdom at its prime, Jan and Karel Lucemburg, Gothic period
6. Religious reformation and Hussite Wars
7. George of Poděbrady, Jagiellonian dynasty, Renaissance
8. Restoration of Catholic faith, Thirty Years´War, Habsburg dynasty, turkish threat
9. War over austrian heritage, Age of Enlightment, Germanizing, Baroque
10. Napolean War, industrial revolution, national self-awareness
11. The First World War, legions, formation of Czechoslovakia
12. The Great Depression, Nazi threat, Munich, Protectorate, resistence, Prague uprising
13. February 1948, communism, Prague Spring, Velvet revolution, partition of Czechoslovakia, Czech republic
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
ČORNEJ, P., POKORNÝ J.: A Brief History of the Czech Lands. Praha: Práh, 2015, 104 s. ISBN 978-80-7252-567-6
BĚLINA, P.: Dějiny zemí koruny české. Praha: Paseka, 2002, 328 s. ISBN 80-7185-503-0
HARNA, J., FIŠER, R.: Dějiny českých zemí I. Od pravěku do poloviny 18. století. Praha: Fortuna, 1995, 296 s. ISBN 80-7168-285-3
HARNA, J., FIŠER, R.: Dějiny českých zemí II. Od poloviny 18. Století do vzniku České republiky. Praha: Fortuna, 1998, 279 s. ISBN 80-7168-522-4
PETRASOVÁ, T., ŠVÁCHA, R. (eds.): Art in the Czech Lands 800 – 2000. Praha: Artefactum – Arbor vitae societas, 2017, 992 s. ISBN 978-80-904543-8-7
Recommended Reading:
NEPALA, A., ŠKODA, E., VALDES, G.: Art and History of Bohemia. Praha: Bonechi, 2008, 160 s. ISBN 978-88-476-2094-0
ČESAL, A.: České dějiny v datech. Praha: Československý spisovatel, 2012, 304 s. ISBN 978-80-87391-89-1
DIETLER R., JŮZLOVÁ, J.: České dějiny v kostce. Praha: Universum, 2014, 272 s. ISBN 978-80-242-4638-3
HORA (HOŘEJŠ), P.: Toulky českou minulostí. 15 dílů. Praha 1979 – 2019.
NEPALA, A., ŠKODA, E., VALDES, G.: Art and History of Bohemia. Praha: Bonechi, 2008, 160 s. ISBN 978-88-476-2094-0
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 18