5. Course unit: Nations and Cultures in Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries

Nr. of credits: 5

Course type: lecture, Nr. in the semester: 60

Commitment: examination mark

Place of course in the curriculum: 1st semester

Preliminary study terms:

Course description:

The course focuses on the different notions of Central Europe, on the contested borders of the region after which we review the most important topics and arguments of the socialist and post socialist discourses of Central Europe. We also present the nation-building processes, national ideologies, symbols and myths, tradition/heritage-building activities of the central European states in the 19th and 20th centuries. Beside the political, symbolic and territorial relations we also pan out about the identity-preserving and regional activities of minorities and diasporas.

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

– Obligatory:

Bárdi, Nándor – Fedinec, Csilla – Szarka, László (ed.): Minority Hungarian communities in the twentieth century. Boulder, Atlantic Research and Publications, Inc., 2011. (East European monographs; 774.) (ISBN 978-0-88033-677-2)

Brubaker, Rogers – Feischmidt, Margit – Fox, Jon – Grancea, Liana: Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town. Princeton University Press, 2007.

Davies, Norman: God’s Playground. A History of Poland. Vol. 2. 1795 to the Present. Columbia University Press, 2005.

Johnson, Lonnie: Central Europe: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends: Enemies, Neighbors, Friends. Oxford University Press, 1996.

Judson, Pieter M. – Rozenblit, Marsha L. (eds.): Constructing Nationalities in East Central Europe. Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2005.

Janowski, Maciej – Jorachi, Constantin – Trencsényi, Balázs: Why Bother About Historical Regions? Debates over Central Europe in Hungary, Poland and Romania. In: East Central Europe, 2005. 32. 1. 5–58. p.


– Recommended:

Misiunas, Romuald – Taagepera, Rein: The Baltic States. Years of Dependence, 1940-1990. University of California Press, 1993.

Course director: Török, Zsuzsanna Assistant Professor

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