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Central European Culture in the 20th Century - JTB132
Title: Central European Culture in the 20th Century
Guaranteed by: Department of German and Austrian Studies (23-KNRS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2022 to 2022
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 21 / unknown (21)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Pre-requisite : {Skupina prerekvizit pro BP_HAS - 2. ročník}
Incompatibility : JMBZ289
Is pre-requisite for: JTB074, JTB070
In complex pre-requisite: JTB122, JTB123, JTB124, JTB125, JTB126, JTB127, JTB128, JTB129
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Annotation -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)
The most important changes in Central European societies can be studied on the example of culture. The course will cover the end of traditions in the second half of the 19th century, reactions to the traumatic experience of WWI, appearance of new media and mass culture in the interwar period, official and counter-official culture during the WWII. After the war the reflexive topics, relations of society, culture and politics are covered. The course is non-descriptional, it concentrates only on selected key areas of culture and art.
Aim of the course -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)
The aim of the seminar is to teach students the basic knowledge about the development of culture in central Europe in the 20th century. The course understands culture as a widely defined social space, alternative to politics. Art styles covered by the course are literature but to some extent also film, photography or architecture.
Course completion requirements -
Last update: Bc. Sára Lochmanová (05.02.2024)

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Literature -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)

-       BECKER, Anette. "The Avant-Garde, Madness and the Great War". In Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 35, No. 1, January 2000, p. 71-84.

-       CANALES, Jimena and HERSCHER, Andrew. "Criminal skins: Tattoos and Modern Architecture in the Work of Adolf Loos". In: Architectural History, Vol. 48, 2005, p. 235-256.

-       FALASCA-ZAMPONI, Simonetta. "Fascism and Aesthetics". In Constellations, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2008, p. 351-365.

-       HOERDER, Dirk. "Migration and Cultural Interaction across the Centuries". In German Politics and Society, Vol. 26, No. 2, Summer 2008, p. 1-23.

-       KLAUTKE, Egbert. "Urban History and Modernity in Central Europe" In The Historical Journal, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2010, p. 177-195.

-       LE RIDER, Jacques. "Mitteleuropa, Zentraleuropa, Mittelosteuropa. A mental map of Central Europe". In European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2008, p. 155-169.

-       MOSSE, George L. "Fascist Aesthetics and Society: Some considerations". In Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 31, No. 2, April 1996, p. 245-252.

-       PAUCKER, Henri R. Neue Sachlichkeit, Literatur im "Dritten Reich" und im Exil. Stuttgart, 1977.

-       REUVENI, Gideon. "The ‘Crisis of the Book’ and German Society after the First World War" In: German History, Vol. 20, No. 4, p. 438-461.

-       ROSSOL, Nadine. "Performing the Nation: Sport, Spectacles and Aesthetics in Germany, 1926-1936". In Central European History, Vol. 43, 2010, p. 616-638.

-       SCHOEPS, Karl Heinz. Deutsche Literatur zwischen den Weltkriegen. III, Literatur im Dritten Reich. Bern, 1992.

-       SCHORSKE, Carl E. Fin-de-siècle Vienna, New York, 1980.

Teaching methods -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)

Active participation in seminars based on the reading (2 credits), oral presentation (2 credits) and oral exam based on a seminar paper (2 credits). In sum 6 ECTS credits.


Requirements to the exam -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)

Regular and active participation of students in the seminar, which encompasses regular reading of the mandatory texts to the covered topics (approx. 180 pages) and active discussion based on this reader. Oral presentation (20 minutes) on the selected topic based on approx. 30 pages of texts. Oral examination based on the defense of small seminar paper (10 pages max.).

Classification on the scale A-F:

  • 91 % and more   =>          A - excellent
  • 81-90 %             =>          B - very good 
  • 71-80 %             =>          C - good
  • 61-70 %             =>          D - average
  • 51-60 %             =>          E - acceptable
  • 0-50 %               =>          F - failed



Syllabus -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)

Introduction - formal requirements, definitions of Culture and Central Europe

Modern art at the turn of 19th and 20th Centuries - example of Architecture

Reflections of WWI in Culture and Art

New Media: development of press and book market, radio and film

"Popular Culture" for "Mass Society"?

Nazi cultural policy

Memory of WWII

Communist Architecture

Sport as a cultural phenomenon

Role of culture in the dissent and revolutions of 1989/1990

Final conclusion and discussion

Entry requirements -
Last update: PhDr. David Emler, Ph.D. (09.01.2024)
Knowledge of English, basic knowledge of contemporary history at the grammar school level. This course is mandatory for Czech-German Studies (CNS) and History and Area Studies (HAS) programs, students of other programs will be enrolled only with teachers' permission.
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