Historiography II: Grand Debates in Central European History 2017

Term: 
Winter
Credits: 
2.0
Course Description: 

The seminar, as indicated in the title, complements the general course of historiography with a detailed discussion of all those historical debates, which related the general paradigms of European or world history to the specific problems of the historical region called East-Central Europe.  Conversely, there are also several cases, when the specific interpretations of the history of this region gave rise to the formulation of a more general historical or theoretic problem. Combining readings from various subfields of historical studies (political history, social history, historical anthropology, cultural history, intellectual history), the course provides an insight into some of the national historiographical traditions and also into using a trans-national approach to the study of the region.

The seminar will consist of general introductions to the individual subfields (provided by the two instructors or some invited colleagues from the two departments specialized in the particular issue), and the regular discussion of the assigned readings. The reading list also contains an indicative list of recommended literature. The students will be familiarized with these topics and get an overview of the different approaches of the history of our region. Students will develop the following skills: ability for individual work, a capacity of orienting themselves in a multidisciplinary research and to compare and assess different historiographical approaches.

Learning Outcomes: 

The course provides familiarity with “modern” (19-20th century) and current research areas dealing with East Central European social, cultural and intellectual histories. It also develops a comprehensive and critical understanding of major debates in regional historiography, and their impact on present-day scholarship. It also encourages critical reflections on topics and areas of historical scholarship which still have a formative role in shaping national and international discourses. Students will develop the following skills: ability for individual work, a capacity of orienting themselves in a multidisciplinary research, and to compare and assess different historiographical approaches.

Assessment: 

Progress in the course will be evaluated as follows:

Term Paper                  60%

Class Participation      40%

The term paper is a ten-page case study on one of the authors discussed during the term, chosen by the student and accepted by the instructors, linked to the themes of the seminars. Class participation means regular attendance, in-class comments and questions related to the weekly lectures and readings. In addition to the general requirements doctoral Students who take the course are supposed to focus on the historiographical context of their doctoral research, give an oral presentation on one of the topics related to their doctoral research, and produce a research paper focusing on the transnational historiographical problem.