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Comparative and Conceptual History - JTM048
Anglický název: Comparative and Conceptual History
Zajišťuje: Katedra ruských a východoevropských studií (23-KRVS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2019
Semestr: zimní
Body: 6
E-Kredity: 6
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:0/2 Zk [hodiny/týden]
Počet míst: neurčen / neurčen (8)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: doc. PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D.
Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D.
P//Je prerekvizitou pro: JTM049
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)
Since their emergence, respectively, in 1960s and 1970s, comparative history and conceptual history have become important research perspectives in social sciences and historical studies scholarship. These perspectives are different in many ways, for instance conceptual history is more sensitive to concepts’ semantic context. They are similar in that while comparisons are largely informed by theoretical models, such models are nonetheless conceptual systems, but that have gone through a process of clarification, definition and detachment from their original context. This course provides a solid and contextualized overview of the nature, methodologies and usages of comparative (qualitative) and conceptual history in these two fields. It will do so by detailing and discussing their strengths and shortcomings and in the process help students design comparative and conceptual research projects.
Cíl předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

This course aims at providing students with a solid and contextualized overview of the nature, methodologies and usages of comparative (qualitative) and conceptual history in historical studies and social sciences. It will do so by detailing and discussing their strengths and shortcomings and in the process help them design comparative and conceptual research projects. 

Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

REQUIREMENTS

1)    Attendance is mandatory as the course is designed a saseminar where substantial student participation is needed.

2)    For each class, a position paper of around 300 words should be prepared. Position papers should address reading for particular class. They should be done individually not as a group effort.

3)    To the 12th week’s class, a final paper of around 2500 words should be submitted to the lecturer.

4)    Active class participation – 20%, position papers– 30% and final paper-50%.  

EVALUATION 

A - "výborně - A" - "excellent - A"
B - "výborně - B" - "excellent - B"
C - "velmi dobře - C" - "very good - C"
D - "velmi dobře - D" - "very good - D"
E - "dobře - E" - "good - E"
F - "neprospěl/a - F" - "fail - F"

For more detail on evaluation system see the Dean´s provision https://www.fsv.cuni.cz/opatreni-dekanky-c-172018aj

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

A.  READING ASSIGNMENT

1. Introductory Seminar

·      Syllabus of the course

 

2Comparison as Uncovering Universal Laws & Causality: The AnnalesSchool Input

·       William H. Sewell, “Marc Bloch and the Logic of Comparative History”, History and Theory, 1967, Vol 6, No. 2, pp. 208-218.

Further reading(s)

·       Allete O. Hill, Boyd H. Hill & Jr, “Bloch and the Logic of Comparative History”, The American Historical Review, Vol. 85, No. 4, pp. 826-846.

 

3. Comparison as Change, Causality & Variation: The Modernisation Thesis & Social Sciences Input

·      Charles C. Ragin, The Comparative Method, UCP, 1987, pp. 1-68.

·      Theda Skopcol and Margaret Somers, ‘The Uses of Comparative History in Macrosocial Inquiry’, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1980, pp. 174-197. 

 

4. Asymmetric Comparison: The Social History Input

·      JürgenKocka, “Asymmetric Historical Comparison: The Case of the German Sonderweg”, History and Theory, 1999, Vol 38, No. 1, pp. 40-50. 

Further reading(s)

·      Jürgen Kocka, “Comparative Historical Research: German Examples”,International Review of Social History38 (1993), pp. 369–379.

 

5. Comparative Conceptual History: The “Linguistic Turn” Input 

·      Peter Wagner, “As Intellectual History Meets Historical Sociology…”, in Handbook of Historical Sociology, Sage, 2003, pp. 168-179.

Further reading(s)

·      Reinhart Koselleck, “Three Bürgerlische Worlds”, in Futures Past: On the Semantics of Historical Time,New York, 2004, pp. 209-17.

 

6. Comparative, Entangled & Transnational History: The “Cultural History” Input

·      Jürgen Kocka, Heinz-Gerhart Haupt, “Comparison and Beyond: Traditions, Scope and Perspectives of Comparative History”, in Comparative and Transnational History, edited by Jurgen Kocka, Heinz-Gerhart Haupt, Berghahn Books, 2009, pp. 1-32. 

             Further reading(s)

·      Thomas Welskopp, “Crossing the Boundaries? Dynamics of Contention Viewed from the Angle of a Comparative Historian,” International Review of Social History49 (2004), pp. 122–131.

 

7. Wold-System Analysis: The “Political Economy” Input

·      Immanuel Wallerstein,World System Analysis: An Introduction,Duke University Press, 2007, pp. 1-90

 

8. Comparing the Emergence and Development of Democracy

·      Barrington Moore, Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. Boston: Beacon Press, 1966, chapters I & II, pp. 3-108.

Further reading(s)

·      Adam Przeworski, Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Material Well-Being in the World: 1950-1990, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002, chapters I & II, p. 13-128.

 

9. Comparing Welfare States

·      Paul Pierson, “Three Worlds of Welfare State Research”, Comparative Political Studies, 2000, 33: pp. 822-44.

Further reading(s)

·      Jonas Pontusson, Inequality and Prosperity: Social Europe vs. Liberal America, Cornel University Press, 2005, pp. 1-30.

 

10. Comparing Post-Soviet Societies

·      Kuzio, T., "History, Memory and the Nation-Building in the Post-Soviet Colonial Space," Nationalities Papers, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2002, p. 241-264.

            Further reading(s)

·      Erica Marat, “State-Propagated Narratives about a National Defender in Central Asian States", The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies, 6/7, 2007 [Online]. 

 

11. Comparative Conceptual History: Europe, Empire, Reform

·      Adrian Brisku, Political Reform in the Ottoman and the Russian Empires: A Comparative Approach, 2017, ‘Introduction’, pp. 1-14

·      Adrian Brisku, Bittersweet Europe, 2013, pp. 28-72.

Further reading(s)

·      Jiří Vykoukal, “Fusion or Fusion: Concepts of Central Europe and Regional Integration”, Osteeuropa2007, pp. 183-204.

·      Dominic Lieven, Russian Empire and its Rivals. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000, chapter 1 ‘Empire: A Word and Its Meanings’, 2000, pp. 3-27

 

12. Comparative Conceptual History: Small Nations, National Identity, National Economy 

·      M. Hroch,Social Preconditions of National Revival in Europe. Colombia University Press;part 1, ‘Introduction’, 2000, pp, 1-30

Further reading(s)

·      Adrian Brisku, “Renegotiating the Empire, Forging the Nation-State: The Case of Georgia through the Political Economic Thought of Niko Nikoladze and Noe Zhordania, c. 1870-1920s”, Nationalities Papers, 2015, DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2015.1102214

·      Adrian Brisku, “Renegotiating the Empire, Forging the Nation-State: The Bohemian/Czechoslovakian Case through the Political-economic Thought of Thomas G. Masaryk and Karel Kramář”, Nationalities Papers, 2017, DOI: 10.1080/00905992.2016.1268585

Metody výuky - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

The course is seminar-based which means that the lecturer will open up the discussion on the reading material of the week by laying out the main concepts and questions which will be followed by students' interventions and analytical discussions. 

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Adrian Brisku, Ph.D. (19.09.2019)

Comparative & Conceptual History 

Professor Assistant Adrian Brisku

Department of Russian & East European Studies, Charles University 

https://cuni.academia.edu/adrianBrisku

adrian.brisku@fsv.cuni.cz

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION 

Since their emergence, respectively, in 1960s and 1970s, comparative history and conceptual history have become important research perspectives in social sciences and historical studies scholarship. These perspectives are different in many ways, for instance conceptual history is more sensitive to concepts’ semantic context. They are similar in that while comparisons are largely informed by theoretical models, such models are nonetheless conceptual systems, but that have gone through a process of clarification, definition and detachment from their original context. This course provides a solid and contextualized overview of the nature, methodologies and usages of comparative (qualitative) and conceptual history in these two fields. It will do so by detailing and discussing their strengths and shortcomings and in the process help students design comparative and conceptual research projects. 

 

 

A.   COURSE DESIGN

1.    Introduction of the Course 

2.    Comparison as Uncovering Universal Laws, Historical Information & as Explanation: The AnnalesSchool Input 

3.    Comparison as Causality, Change & Variation: The Modernisation Thesis & Social Sciences Input 

4.    Asymmetric Comparison: The Social History Input

5.    Comparative Conceptual History: The “Linguistic Turn” Input

6.    Comparative, Entangled & Transnational History: The Cultural History Input 

7.    World System Analysis: The Political Economy Input

8.    Comparing Democracies 

9.    Comparing the Welfare State

10.  Comparing Post-Soviet Societies  

11.  Comparative Conceptual History: Europe, Empire, Reform

12.  Comparative Conceptual History: Small Nations, National Identity, National Economy

 
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