2. Course unit: The Historical Concept of Central Europe: Approaches, Theories and Debates

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: Seminar (Practice), Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: term mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 1st semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The lectures offer an overview about the theories which aim to understand the identity of Central Europe. The literature of this topic includes a wide range of academic work which differs fundamentally in terms of the geographical-political borders of the region, the emphases they attribute to the various characteristics in forming Central European identity, as well as their orientation to mere theoretical significance or one with practical relevance towards future political structures. The course covers historiographical and historical material and has a clear objective to help the students to a deeper reflection of Central European cultural identity.

3–5 most important obligatory and recommended literature (books, textbooks) with the bibliographical data:

– Obligatory:

Schöpflin, Georg – Wood, Nancy (ed.): In Search of Central Europe. Cambridge, 1989, Cambridge UP. (ISBN: 0-7456-0547-8)

Tägil, Sven (ed.): Regions in Central Europe: the Legacy of History. London, 1999. (ISBN: 1-85065-552-9)

Ash, Timothy Garton: The Uses of Adversity. Essays on the Fate of Central Europe. Cambridge, 1989. (ISBN: 0-14-014018-2)

Szűcs, Jenő: The three historical regions of Europe: An outline. In: Acta Historica Academiae Scientiarum Hungariae, vol. 29. (1983) no. 2–4. 131–184. p.


– Recommended:

Katzenstein, Peter J.: Mitteleuropa: Between Europe and Germany, Oxford etc., 1997. (ISBN: 1-57181-124-9)

Johnson, Lonnie: Central Europe: enemies, neighbors, friends. New York etc., 1996, Oxford UP. (ISBN: 0-19-510072-7)

Hanák, Péter: The Garden and the Workshop: Essays on the Cultural History of Vienna and Budapest, 1998, Princeton, Princeton UP. (2. ed.: 1999, ISBN: 0-691-01554-6)

Kann, Robert A.: The Peoples of the Eastern Habsburg Lands, 1526–1918, Seattle, 1984. (ISBN: 0-295-96095-7)

Jászi, Oszkár: The Dissolution of the Habsburg Monarchy. Chicago, 1929, University of Chicago Press.

Course director: Dr. Tóth, Árpád Associate Professor, PhD

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